In preparation for our 52nd Annual Meeting in Orlando, we have collected our available social work sessions to attend throughout the week below. Be sure to read up and register for your favorites!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Volunteers are an invaluable component for burn camps. Without them, most camps would not be able to operate. Therefore, the training and management of these volunteers is a crucial component to the success of these camps. This session will focus on effective training techniques and management of volunteers so as to create a positive camp experience for all.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This session will begin with a holistic discussion of the multi-faceted treatment of adult and adolescent patients with self-inflicted burn injuries. National data regarding prevalence will be presented as well as research findings regarding pre-morbid characteristics and outcomes. The presenters will provide information about best practices when treating adult and pediatric patients with self-inflicted injuries. This forum will also include discussion of the impact of caring for this unique patient population on the providers and strategies for supporting the burn team.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Specialty burn centers often cover a large catchment area. Discharging patients who require specialized care can be a challenging, especially in rural areas where access to healthcare is limited. Integration of care with local providers is essential to a smooth transition back to the burn survivor’s community. Topics to address will include wound care and assessment, pain management, rehab therapies, and psychosocial support. Follow-up modalities, including the use of telemedicine will be discussed. This symposium will explore ways to provide continuity of care and ensure successful rehabilitation of burn-injured patients in rural areas after discharge from a burn center.

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Moral distress occurs when one knows what the right thing to do is, but is unable to act accordingly. Such distress arises for health care providers when doing what is best for the patient conflicts with what is best for other patients, other providers, the organization, family, or society as a whole. If unaddressed, moral distress results in moral residue, which is what we carry with us when we have been compromised morally, and the moral residue crescendo, which occurs after repeated instances of moral compromise. Situations that cause moral distress and ways to address moral distress will be discussed.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Burn care providers are not expected to be experts in ethics, nor should they be. However, a limited understanding of bioethical principles and concepts often leads to confusion about how to apply them and can result in unnecessary ethical quandaries. The purpose of this workshop is to provide learners with the information they need to better utilize bioethical principles and concepts in patient care to optimize ethical decision making. In addition to the four principles of bioethics, topics covered will include informed consent, end-of-life decision making, surrogate decision making, and decision making for pediatric patients among others.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Supporting children throughout their burn treatment can be challenging. This session will educate on the role of the child life specialist and how this multidisciplinary role supports the mission of the burn team and family-centered care. This session will also provide multidisciplinary staff with education on post-traumatic growth and developmentally informed care and tips and tricks for age-appropriate interactions.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The needs to burn centers are numerous and diverse. Patients are not only looking for positive surgical outcomes, but may also be looking for psychological healing, emotional support, ways to give back, and knowledge about how to prevent future burn injuries. With limited time and resources, burn centers are stretched thin to meet all of their patients’ needs. This course will help burn centers recognize opportunities for collaboration and partnerships to assist with better burn patient outcomes and prevention of burn injuries, as well as provide examples of successful partnerships and collaborations between burn centers and community partners.

Friday, March 20, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Burn injuries present numerous clinical and ethical challenges to all members of the burn team. Challenging ethical cares can haunt burn caregivers for years after the fact. Cases will presented that raise unique challenges and provide opportunities to discuss how the core ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, and justice should be applied. Exploring the ethical questions these cases raised with uninvolved individuals can provide a new perspective and stimulate though-provoking discourse.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Psychosocial burn recovery requires interprofessional team expertise and patient and family inclusion. An early start in aftercare planning can help the team understand the challenges, worries, strengths, resources, coping skills, goals, and hopes of families and patients. It assists with building a compassionate understanding of their experiences and assessing readiness to plan and discuss reintegration and aftercare needs and resources. Engagement strategies are presented with a specific focus on family experiences as survivors of the burn injury, and ways through which they can be supported and empowered to assist the burn survivor with aftercare and social reintegration needs.

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.