In preparation for our 51st Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, we have collected our available burn therapist sessions to attend throughout the week below. Be sure to read up and register for your favorites!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The PT/OT SIG is offering a comprehensive review of anatomy, kinesiology, evaluation, and interventions needed to treat the burned hand, wrist, and arm. Particular focus will be placed on clinical reasoning, diagnostic testing, and open discussion of challenging cases. The goal is to provide an opportunity for active learning and application of principles to better address common consequences of upper extremity burns.

.4 AOTA CEUs/4.0 Contact Hours

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We’ve come a long way from dressing burns and wounds in vinegar and tanning solutions. Today there are myriad burn and wound care dressings available to practitioners. This session will review the current research on wound treatments and clarify their appropriate use. Smaller breakout sessions will allow more individualized and hands-on learning.

.4 AOTA CEUs/4.0 Contact Hours

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Some burn centers allow their physical and occupational therapists to be in the operating room (OR). This allows therapists the ability to perform pain free range of motion prior to surgery, make suggestions to the surgeons regarding what is important for patient function, and to splint and cast patients’ post-surgery with the patient under anesthesia. This symposium will allow therapists, physicians, and OR staff to discuss the benefits and challenges of therapy presences in the OR.

.1 AOTA CEUs/1.0 Contact Hours

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Recovery following burn injury can span months or even years. Health care providers should be mindful of common challenges patients and their families experience through the stages of rehabilitation, should prepare members of the circle of care for future hurdles, and identity and intervene in cases of early distress. These practices should also consider transitions of care from acute hospitalization, to rehabilitation, and ultimately to the community. The objective of this symposium will be to discuss strategies for recognizing and responding to variable engagement from patients and their families during the burn rehabilitation process. The majority of the session will be focused on group discussion of effective and creative strategies for using all members of the interdisciplinary burn rehabilitation team to identify and address barriers to recovery.

.1 AOTA CEUs/1.0 Contact Hours

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Come and join us for a lively and interactive discussion of “taking the next step” with our burn survivors and families for aftercare and reintegration into the community. We can’t do it alone—it takes a village! Learn about establishing partnerships with organizations in your community to support reintegration programs. Get tips from folks who operate successful aftercare programs and network with colleagues in OUR burn community. Together, we can!

.1 AOTA CEUs/1.0 Contact Hours 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will be on the management of the shoulder complex through the acute, intermediate, and long-term phases of healing, from a burn therapist’s perspective. We will discuss: outcome metrics, an interdisciplinary approach, and intervention strategies as they pertain to commonly seen consequences secondary to burns to the shoulder complex.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reconstruction after burns is a challenging task few ever master; requiring a lifetime of study. Due to the challenging nature of the discipline, competence requires constant training, evaluation, and development. Pursuit and maintenance of competence in reconstruction never ends. Reconstructive burn surgery will be taught including program analysis, pre-surgical planning, specific techniques, and post-operative protocols.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This two-day session is designed for the multidisciplinary burn team. Managing distress (e.g. pain, low mood, sleep, treatment adherence, behavioral issues) can be daunting for the burn care team member. Inability to address this distress can interfere with treatment. The first day we will discuss the many non-pharmacological interventions for distress that are available to the bedside staff and appropriate implementation will be illustrated. The second day will provide more advanced information about specific brief interventions to minimize symptoms of distress and offer strategies for in-depth practice.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

Thursday, April 4, 2019

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Successful burn rehabilitation of face and neck burns involves an innovative and multidisciplinary team approach. This session will explore a progression of treatment inventions for head and neck through the inpatient and outpatient phases. Dilemmas and treatment options for eyelid, nose, and mouth burns will be addressed. Various treatment interventions will be discussed, including topical dressing options, surgical timing, use of mouth splints, nares splints/silicone gauges, face and neck splints, silicone inserts, and use of scar taping techniques to inhibit scarring. Use of transparent face masks will be discussed—both plaster mold and laser-generated methods—with the goal of optimizing functional and cosmetic outcomes.

.1 AOTA CEUs/1.0 Contact Hours

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Practices vary greatly among burn units in the type of dressings as well as topical antimicrobial agents used in burns, both pre-op and post-grafting. The intent of this session is to have a multidisciplinary interactive session that will facilitate sharing and discussion of challenging situations, how they overcame them, and audience suggestions. Integral to this will be discussion on not only topical antimicrobial solutions and ointment preparations but also synthetic dressings used for MDR organisms, cultured epithelial autographs, etc. and optimal placement techniques to ensure maintaining range of movement and preventing negative physical outcomes.

.1 AOTA CEUs/1.0 Contact Hours  

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reconstruction after burns is a challenging task few ever master; requiring a lifetime of study. Due to the challenging nature of the discipline, competence requires constant training, evaluation, and development. Pursuit and maintenance of competence in reconstruction never ends. Reconstruction burn surgery will be taught including problem analysis, pre-surgical planning, specific techniques, and post-operative protocols.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This two-day session is designed for the multidisciplinary burn team. Managing distress (e.g. pain, low mood, sleep, treatment adherence, behavioral issues) can be daunting for the burn care team member. Inability to address this distress can interfere with treatment. The first day we will discuss the many non-pharmacological interventions for distress that are available to the bedside staff and appropriate implementation will be illustrated. The second day will provide more advanced information about specific brief interventions to minimize symptoms of distress and offer strategies for in-depth practice.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Traditionally splints designed to stretch the axilla have been limited to positioning at mid-range shoulder abduction to minimize the risk of neural compromise. Splinting the axilla towards end of range abduction from the acute stage of wound healing and continuing through all stages of scar development and maturation will be presented as an alternate option to traditional splinting. Outcome data related to the efficacy and safety of this splint in a pediatric cohort will be presented and attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to fabricate the splint and prescribe a splinting regime to prevent axilla contracture.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

Friday, April 5, 2019

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

ABA offers the only certification for physical and occupational therapists who have specialized in burn rehabilitation. The Burn Therapist Certification (BT-C) is an online portfolio process that has been in place for one year. Come learn about the application process, certification objectives, and gain practical tips on how to prepare a successful application.

.15 AOTA CEUs/1.5 Contact Hours

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Although much is written about resiliency and communication, most staff members are not able to discuss tools or discern how to cultivate resiliency or improve communication. This session will examine individual, team, and institutional factors contributing to resiliency in the work place. An interactive workshop will focus on cultivating skills, habits, and attitudes that will promote resiliency. Additional group workshops will address barriers to communication in the workplace.

.15 AOTA CEUs/1.5 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Management of the burned hand in adults and children will be presented through acute and reconstructive principles. These surgical principles and clinical cases will provide insight into proper timing of early management, surgery, and advanced rehabilitation of all burn depth injuries. The burned hand will require the multidisciplinary team of the burn surgeon, therapist, and nurses to assure maximum functional return in a timely fashion.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Social and community integration following burn-injury is an important recovery outcome for which aftercare resources and support is essential. Burn care professionals—no matter their role on the burn team—can help educate survivors and their families about available aftercare resources and assist in connecting them to these supports. However, burn care professionals may not be aware of aftercare services that are available, their value in recovery, or the mechanisms through which survivors can access these services. This forum is designed to assist burn team members in addressing the social and community re-integration needs of burn survivors and their families by providing an overview of the essential components of psychosocial  aftercare and its role in burn recovery. Aftercare resource and support options that are available for survivors and family members will be shared from the perspective of burn survivors and family who have utilized them, supplemented by findings from the literature, and expectations purported via burn verification standards. Also reviewed will be aftercare assessment and planning strategies appropriate for various burn team roles to practice a wrap-around approach in identifying and meeting aftercare support needs of survivors and their families. Burn care professionals will be provided with information about resources and assessment and referral strategies they can use in their daily practice and share with other team members to support the burn survivor and family members in their aftercare and reintegration efforts.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Burn care providers often disagree about various therapeutic interventions for the burn patient. In this session, experts from the burn team will debate four resolutions: (1) Silver sulfadiazine is the topical antimicrobial of choice for deep burn wounds among inpatients; (2) Transpulmonary thermodilution should be used to guide acute fluid resuscitation for major burns; (3) A pharmacologic intervention (e.g. IVIG, steroids, etanercept, cyclosporine) should be used in patients with SJS/TEN admitted to a burn unit, and; (4) Following successful grafting, splints should be applied preventatively before a limitation in range of motion is present.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.o Contact Hours   

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Over the years, ABA members have generously donated their time overseas to improve the care of burn patients in resource-limited settings. This session provides both an update on the activities of other international organizations, and also, the work of ABA members abroad.

Identify activities of other organizations (such as the World Health Organization, ISBI, ACS, and Interburns) which provide education and program support for burn health care providers abroad.

.2 AOTA CEUs/2.0 Contact Hours    

Educational levels are mixed.  Specific session education levels can be found in the mobile app. 

Occupational Therapists

The American Burn Association has been approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer AOTA CEUs for multiple sessions of this conference. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Course Completion Requirements

In order to receive AOTA CEUs, individuals must:

  • Be registered to attend the ABA Annual Meeting
  • Attend a session that is identified as meeting the educational needs of OTs
  • Sign in to the session on the monitored sign-in sheets
  • Complete the individual session evaluation for the session they attended
  • Complete the overall ABA Annual Meeting evaluation

AOTA Classification Codes have been identified as Category 1 and 2.  Click here for more information on AOTA Classification Codes.