ABLS Live Courses are offered every year at the ABA Annual Meeting, in conjunction with other live meetings and at various hospitals and facilities around the country. Find one near you or learn how you can bring an ABLS course to your location.

Program

This live, hands-on is designed to provide the “how-to” of emergency care of the burn patient through the first 24-hour critical time period. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussions. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a Burn Center will be provided. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment.

The registration fee covers the course tuition, the ABLS Provider Manual, written and practical examination, continuing education credits and a certificate of completion.

Audience

This is an eight-hour course designed for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, and first responders.

Objectives
  • Evaluate a patient with a serious burn
  • Define the magnitude and severity of the injury
  • Identify and establish priorities of treatment
  • Manage the airway and support ventilation
  • Initiate and monitor fluid resuscitation
  • Apply correct methods of physiological monitoring
  • Determine which patients should be transferred to a burn center
  • Organize and conduct the inter-hospital transfer of a seriously injured burn patient.
  • Disaster Management
Accreditation

The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 7.00 contact hours Synergy CERP Category A, File number 00019935.

In order to become an ABLS Certified Instructor you must complete the instructor course and then conduct two observed teachings by National Faculty.

Requirements

ABLS Instructor Course

ABLS Instructors

National Faculty

Coordinators are certified ABLS Instructors who are responsible for organizing local ABLS Courses including securing space, managing registration, and choosing a medical director, course instructors, and patient models.

ABLS Instructors who are interested in becoming coordinators must first contact the ABA Central Office, ABLS Staff. Upon intent to host a course at the local institution, the ABA will supply the coordinator with all the supplies necessary to run a course. Please refer to the ABLS Coordinator Steps below for further information.

Course Coordinators Steps
  1. Coordinators must be certified ABLS Instructors
  2. Organize and plan the date, location, and instructors for the course.
  3. Set up course registration.
  4. Submit a course information form to the ABA Central Office at least three weeks prior to the course.
  5.  Choose the faculty for the course including the Course Medical Director, course instructors, patient models, and educator if applicable (for the Instructor Course).
  6. Collects course registration fees and keeps accurate records.
  7. Communicate with course registrants, disseminate electronic provider manual prior to course.
  8. Provides registrants with final course wallet cards upon completion.
  9. Provides students with the final course evaluation, provided by the ABLS Program Manager.
  10. Coordinates with ABA Central office for final course processing and invoicing.
First time ABLS Coordinators

First time ABLS coordinators need to contact the ABA Central office at least two months prior to the course to allow enough time for preparation. If not affiliated with a center that hosts ABLS courses or an ABLS Certified Instructor or Coordinator, the ABLS Program Manager will provide a list of certified ABLS Coordinators that can assist with the planning of the course.

Course Arrangements

Make arrangements for classrooms, meals, transportation and lodging of instructors coming from a distance, AV equipment and simulation supplies.
Choose a site with the following requirements:

ALL Day Use – 1 large room equipped with presentation capability to include:

  • Laptop computer and LCD projector
  • Screen
  • Podium
  • Microphone
  • Enough seats to accommodate the number of students (Ideal setup is classroom style with tables and chairs)

AFTERNOON Sessions – Breakout rooms to accommodate the case study groups and patient assessment stations

  • 5 students I instructor ratio
  • Example: 20 students – will require 4 instructors and 4 breakout rooms
Course Planning Responsibilities
  • Ascertain that all instructors have the most current teaching materials. This will be provided by the ABA Central office, through a secure area of the ABA Website.
  • Assure all faculty including course coordinator and medical director have completed the faculty disclosure form, found under Continuing Education section of ABA website. This form is completed on an annual basis. It is valid from July 1st of the current year to July 1st of the subsequent year.
  • Arrange for National Faculty to observe the Instructor Candidate (if applicable). Provide National Faculty with Instructor Critique Form.
  • Submit an ABLS Proposed Provider Course Information Sheet to the ABA Central Office. At least three weeks prior to the course. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • Invite prospective attendees to the course. Send a blast Email “Save the Date” flyer to your targeted audiences at least two months prior to the course.
  • When the Course has been posted on the ABA website send another blast Email to include an invitation letter on ABA letterhead outlining specific information regarding date, logistics, on­ line registration, etc. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • Prepare and Update Faculty Disclosure Statement with current instructor information. Provide copy to the ABA Central Office. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • Secure patient models or simulation manikins.
  • Prepare course outline to include: instructor lecture assignments, student rotations through the case studies, patient assessment stations and written testing. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • Notify each faculty member of individual assignments, including lectures, case studies and patient assessment stations.
  • Assemble a folder for each designated simulation station to include the specific simulation scenario, sufficient copies of the Patient Assessment Performance Reports. Provide a pen or pencil.
  • Make a sign in sheet for on-site check in the day of the course. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • The Student Assessment Sheet can be used as a resource and modified. Assemble folders to include the Course Outline and information about your Burn Center if desired for the students. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • Keep accurate records of all Course and faculty expenses.
  • Input grades, assessment scores and any commentary into the excel registration sheet electronically or manually. (See Coordinator Forms and Letters)
  • Send an electronic copy of the Course outline and completed excel registration sheet (including grades) to the ABA Central Office within 1week after conclusion of the Course.
Coordinator Forms and Letters

Coordinators must contact the ABLS Program Manager to access all other coordinator materials listed below. The coordinator will be given access to a secure section of the ABA Website.

  • Course Lecture Slides
  • Course Case Study Slides
  • Course Simulation Scenarios and Moulage Instructions
  • Course Provider Manual
  • Course Wallet Card Template
  • Course Exams
  • Course Evaluation Link

How do I find a scheduled ABLS Provider Course?

ABLS Provider and Instructor courses can be accessed through the search function of the ABLS Live section of the ABA Website.

How do I register for an ABLS Provider Course?

To register for an ABLS Provider and Instructor course contact the local course coordinator listed for the course. At times a direct link to registration may be included.

How long is the ABLS Provider Course?

The ABLS Provider Course is an eight-hour course consisting of a series of morning lectures, afternoon small group case study and simulation sessions. Also included is a written exam and practical hands on exam.

What materials are included in the ABLS Provider Course?

The ABLS Provider course includes the recently updated 2017 ABLS Provider Manual. The manual is e-mailed out by the ABLS coordinator at least two weeks prior to the course.

How do I receive a certificate for the ABLS Provider Course?

Within a week of course completion an evaluation link is e-mailed out the registrant. Upon electronic submittal of the evaluation an automatic e-mail is sent containing the registrant certificate.

What if I do not receive my course certificate up submittal of the evaluation?

If you do not receive your certificate please contact the ABA Central office to obtain a copy. You can email us.

How long is the ABLS Provider certification good for?

The ABLS Provider certification is good for four years. Once your certification has expired you can either update by taking the ABLS Provider live course or the ABLS Now online course.

How long is the ABLS Instructor Course?

The ABLS Instructor course is a six-hour course consisting of a morning Teaching How to Teach session, afternoon mini teaching sessions and critique.

How do I register for an ABLS Instructor Course?

To register for an ABLS Provider and Instructor course contact the local course coordinator listed for the course. At times a direct link to registration may be included.

What materials are included in the ABLS Instructor Course?

The ABLS Instructor course includes the recently updated 2017 ABLS Provider Manual, lecture and case study slides, and provider course simulations. The materials and mini teaching assignments are e-mailed out by the ABLS coordinator at least three weeks prior to the course.

How do I receive a certificate for the ABLS Instructor Course?

Within a week of course completion an evaluation link is e-mailed out to the registrant. Upon electronic submittal of the evaluation an automatic e-mail is sent containing the registrant certificate.

What if I do not receive my course certificate up submittal of the evaluation?

If you do not receive your certificate please contact the ABA Central office to obtain a copy. You can e-mail us.

Am I considered an ABLS Certified Instructor upon completion of the course?

Once you complete the ABLS Instructor course you are considered an ABLS Instructor Candidate. You are then required to do two observed teachings by National Faculty. Once you complete your two observed teachings you are then considered an ABLS Certified Instructor and you receive an ABLS Instructor Wallet Card.

How long is the ABLS Instructor certification good for?

The ABLS Instructor certification is good for four years.

How do I update my ABLS Instructor Certificate?

To update please contact the ABA Central office to obtain the ABLS Instructor Recertification exam. Once complete you will receive an updated ABLS Instructor card. Please consult the ABLS Instructor requirements on the ABA Website.