A Self-Directed, Web-Based Learning Program produced by the American Burn Association

Each year more than 700,000 people in the United States are treated for a burn injury. The quality of care during the first hours after a burn injury has a major impact on the long-term outcome. Yet most initial burn care is provided outside of the burn center environment. The Advanced Burn Life Support ABLS Now© is designed to provide fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, licensed practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, physicians assistants, and physicians with the ability to assess and stabilize patients with serious burns during the first critical hours following injury and to identify those patients requiring transfer to a burn center. The course is not designed to teach comprehensive burn care, but rather to provide information that will enable those who only rarely treat burn patients to provide the care needed by a burn patient in the first 24 hours after injury.

Course Objectives
  • Define the magnitude and severity of an injury.
  • Identify and establish priorities of treatment.
  • Apply correct methods of physiological monitoring.
  • Determine the appropriate guidelines for transfer of a patient, including factors of time, facility and method of transport.
  • Provide primary treatment of the burn area, associated injuries and common complications within the first 24 hours post-burn.
Content

Burn care is multidisciplinary. ABLS Now© is designed in a multidisciplinary format and is based on the guidelines for initial burn care developed by the American Burn Association. The ABLS Provider Course presents a series of didactic presentations on:

  • Initial Assessment and Management
  • Airway Management
  • Smoke Inhalation Injury
  • Shock and Fluid Resuscitation
  • Burn Wound Management
  • Electrical Injury
  • Chemical Burns
  • Pediatric Burn Injuries
  • Stabilization, Transfer and Transport
  • Disaster Management and the ABA Plan
  • Case Studies

Lectures and case study modules emphasize the American Burn Association criteria for transfer of patients to burn centers.

Knowledge

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate an ability to do the following: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

Final testing consists of an online exam.

Windows (98se, ME, XP, NT 4.0, 2000) using one of the following programs or Macintosh (9.2, OS X 10.1 or later) using one of the following programs:Internet Explorer 4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0

  • Internet Explorer 4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0
  • Netscape Navigator 4, 6.2, 7.1
  • AOL 8
  • Compuserve 7 (2000 & XP only)
  • Mozilla 1.2
  • Opera 7
  • Safari 1.1, 1.2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2
  • CompuServe 7 (OS 10.1 or later)
  • Macromedia Flash Player 5 or higher for presentations and courses
  • Soundcard and speakers/headsets

The ABLS Now© online learning program provides lecture presentations, as well as case studies. Self-study questions with links to the supporting material in the Provider Manual support the learning process. The learner will complete and submit a course examination at the conclusion of the course. Contact hours and CME credits are available for the course. ABLS Now© certification is achieved by passing the online final exam with a grade of 80% or better. For those who desire full ABLS certification, the hands-on part of the course may be taken at a Burn Center or at an ABA regional or annual meeting.

This continuing education activity was approved by the Emergency Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The American Burn Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to six (6) credits in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

What are the pre-requisites for taking the final exam? Can you give more details?
  • You must complete all the chapters in the module to be eligible to take the exam.
  • You have two opportunities to take the final exam.
How do I print my certificate?

Pre-requisites for printing the certificate:

  • You must pass the ABLS Exam with a score of 80% or above.
  • You must complete the ABLS evaluation.

If you satisfy the pre-requisites, then follow the steps below to print your certificate:

  • Login to the ABLS-Now site.
  • Go to My Courses.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Select type of certificate.
  • Click Print.
Who is my CE Group Manager?
  • Your CE Group Manager is your organization’s contact person for the administration of the ABLS-Now course.
  • To locate your CE Manager: Sign-in to the ABLS-Now site, go to User Utilities > Profile, and scroll down to Current Account Info to find your CE Manager listed.
How can I retake the final exam if I have exceeded my two tries?

If you have used both opportunities, you will need to re-register and take the course over. If you are part of a group, your CE group manager may be able to assign you a new course.

I am having some technical problems. What should I do?

The following actions may help:

  • Clearing browser cache and cookies usually resolves some technical problems. To learn how to delete browser cache and cookies, read below:
    • For Internet Explorer, watch this video and follow the steps below:
      • Go to Internet Explorer.
      • Click the Tools tab in the Menu Bar at the top of the page.
      • Go to Internet Options.
      • This will open a new window. Click the General tab.
      • On the General tab, in the Browsing History section, click the Delete button.
      • This will open a new window. Check the fields you wish you delete, making sure to check the Temporary Internet Files and Cookies fields. This will delete all browser cookies and cache.
      • Click OK to exit.
    • For Mozilla Firefox, follow the steps below:
      • Go to Mozilla Firefox.
      • Click the Tools tab in the Menu Bar at the top of the page.
      • Go to Clear Recent History.
      • This will open a new window. Click the arrow next to Details.
      • Check the fields you wish to delete, making sure to check Cookies and Cache.
      • Click Clear Now. This will delete all browser cookies and cache.
  • Disabling Pop-up blocker:
    • On Internet Explorer, check your web page for a yellow bar toward the top of the page, under the menu bar, that may indicate that a pop-up was blocked. Should you find such a message, right click on the bar, and check Allow Pop-ups.
    • On Mozilla Firefox, check your web page for a yellow bar toward the top of the page, under the menu bar, that may indicate that a pop-up was blocked. Should you find such a message, right click on the bar and click Allow.
  • If you continue to face technical problems, fill out and submit the Support Request Form under the Support Tab. A Help Desk representative will respond within one business day (M-F, 8am-6pm, E.S.T.) or contact the SiTEL Help Desk on 1.877.SITELMS (1.877.748.3567).
How can I get assistance with an issue not listed here?

Fill out and submit the Support Request Form under the Support Tab. A Help Desk representative will respond within one business day (M-F, 8am-6pm, E.S.T.) or contact the SiTEL Help Desk on 1.877.SITELMS (1.877.748.3567).

Register Now

Individuals interested in ABLS Now© may access online registration. Once you are registered for the course you will receive login information to access the course modules and exam.

There is special pricing and codes for group registrations. Please contact the ABA Central Office at 312-642-9260 or email us.