Burn Trauma: Prehospital Care of the Burn Patient

ss-of-burn-traumaWinter.  Time for snow, cold winds, and house fires?  It makes sense… high-demand space heaters plugged into questionable electrical sources, fireplaces left unattended, and other ways to get through the freezing weather.  Unless of course you live in south Texas — we envy you a bit over here in the northwestern part of the state for that.

No matter what the cause, we need to treat our thermal, chemical, inhalation, and electrical burn patients appropriately to give them the best chance at quality life and productivity.  While death from burn injuries is nowhere near the numbers affected by stroke, heart attacks, and even falls, it can lead to lifelong disability if not treated appropriately by the earliest healthcare providers: Us.

This education follows the principles and guidelines offered in the American Burn Association’s™ Advanced Burn Life Support with some modifications made for our prehospital needs.  Please note that it is not a replacement for the full ABLS class.

EMS service directors: The education has been visually-enhanced for a group presentation if you have burn trauma education needs for your service.  Please feel free to use it — we just ask that it’s not altered without prior permission.


Step 1: Media:  The education is contained in a pdf.  You can download it from our DropBox link at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kpolbmsib3r20lf/UMC%20EMS%20Burn%20Trauma%20CE.pdf?dl=0.  It’s about 5 MB in file size.  Remember, you don’t need a DropBox account or login to access any of our educational materials.  Just click on the “Download” button that appears at the upper right corner, and if a pop-up box appears, look towards the bottom option, “No thanks, continue to download”.


Step 2: Take the Quiz at QuestBase.  Log into your QuestBase account at www.questbase.com/a/umcems.  If you don’t have a free account yet, please visit our “Sign Up page for information on how to obtain one.  Once you’ve logged in, look for the CE entitled: “Burn Trauma: Prehospital Care of the Burn Patient”.


Step 3: Education you’ll earn upon successful completion:

  • Texas state: 1 hour for Trauma (all certifications)


  • NREMT for NCCP requirements:
    • Paramedics:
      • 0.25 hour for Trauma: Fluid Resuscitation under the National component and:
      • 0.75 hour towards Local (if assigned by your EMS service or Medical Director) or instead, Individual CE
  • EMT and EMT-Advanced: 1 hour for Local (if assigned by your EMS service or Medical Director) or instead, Individual CE

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