Managing Burns

The essentials of pathophysiology, assessment and management of major and minor burn injuries.

The course duration is 4hrs 35min.

5 CPD Points, 5 CEUs.
Accredited by CPDUK and CBRN.

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COBIS Education Team
COBIS Education Team led by Mr Stuart Watson

Stuart Watson: Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon at the Canniesburn Unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and Director of ReSurge Africa. He is also one of the European representatives on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI) and a member of the steering group of the ISBI developing international guidelines for the care of burn injuries.

Peter Lindle: Consultant Paramedic

Sharon Ramsay: Specialist Burns Nurse

Joanna Tannock: Specialist Burns Nurse

Elaine MacLure: Specialist Burns Nurse

Gillian Calder: Physiotherapist

Module 1: Background to Burns Management
  • Lecture: How a burn harms a patient
  • Lecture: Causes of burns
  • Lecture: The immediate management of burns
Module 2: Burn Thickness
  • Lecture: Superficial & superficial-partial thickness burns
  • Lecture: Deep-partial thickness burns
  • Lecture: Full-thickness burns
Module 3: Complicated Burn Injuries
  • Lecture: Major Burns
  • Lecture: Electrical Burn Injuries
  • Lecture: Burn wound infection
  • Lecture: Airway & Inhalational Injury
  • Lecture: Facial burns
Module 4: Hand Injuries
  • Tutorial: Paediatric Hand Injuries
  • Tutorial: Paediatric Hand Dressings
  • Tutorial: Adult Hand Injuries
  • Tutorial: Hand Physiotherapy
Module 5: Head/neck/chest burns
  • Tutorial: Paediatric Head & Neck Burns
  • Tutorial: Paediatric Facial Burns
  • Tutorial: Paediatric Chest & Shoulder Dressings
  • Tutorial: Adult Facial Burns
Module 6: Groin Burns
  • Tutorial: Groin Burns
  • Tutorial: Groin Burn Dressing
Course Summary

Learn to manage major and minor burns from a faculty of burns specialists led by eminent burns surgeon, Mr Stuart Watson, and sponsored by COBIS (Care of Burns in Scotland). The course consists of lectures, plus practical tutorials, covering the essentials of physiology, recognition, assessment, and management of all common burn types.

Target Audience

All doctors, nurses, and paramedics who look after acute burns (ED, ENP, Rural GP, etc).

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the assessment of burn injuries
  • Initiate a treatment plan for most burn injuries
  • Describe the importance of infection prevention; nutrition; temperature control; pain management; physiotherapy and psychological care of burn patients
  • Undertake debridement and dressing of burn wounds
  • Describe why large burn injuries cause systemic illness and why burns may threaten the airway, cause renal failure, and multi-organ failure
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