Attend educational forums, correlative sessions and poster rounds at your own pace, collecting up to 50+ CEUs within the virtual conference. Each session includes a chat room to ask questions and comment on the presentations.

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We are offering one of the most popular sessions at the ABA Annual Meeting free for everyone to view. We know it won’t disappoint. Those registered for the Virtual Conference will be able to claim CEU credit for attending.

Educational Forums

How does a clinician become an “expert”? Learn common frameworks for professional reasoning and decision making that can be applied in the rehabilitation of burn survivors during the progression of a clinician from novice to expert. Experienced BT-C therapists present interesting and complex cases in a variety of rehabilitation domains demonstrating the logical and progressive flow of reasoning required to achieve certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • The learner will differentiate between novice and expert professional reasoning.
  • The learner will know how to apply the Canadian Practice Process Framework and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework to the evaluation and treatment of burn survivors.
  • The learner will recognize logical and proficient flow of professional reasoning and decision making that is required for Burn Therapist Certification through case examples in various domains of burn rehabilitation.
  • The learner will be able to list ideas regarding advanced level interventions that are applied in the rehabilitation of burn survivors for a variety of practice domains.

This course is targeted for the active burn provider who wishes to enhance their knowledge and skill with respect to a variety of topics across the multidisciplinary burn care spectrum.

Learning Objectives:

  • As a result of completing this activity, the participant should be able to explain the rationale for and use of albumin during burn resuscitation, management of sepsis, blood transfusion and approach to burn reconstruction.
  • As a result of completing this activity, the participant should be able to describe CFU’s and rigid facial compression mask construction.
  • As a result of completing this activity, the participant should be able to discuss the elements of burn nursing during COVID.

This forum will allow therapists who are interested in applying for Burn Therapist Certification (BT-C) to hear about the changes to the BT-C program, learn tips for succeeding and have a ‘question and answer’ session with successful applicants who will describe their experience and how they prepared for certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the changes to the BT-C program and application process.
  • Apply tips for success to their own BT-C application.
  • List a variety of methods for preparation for BT-C based on past applicants sharing their experiences.

Burn care providers may approach the same clinical problem using different techniques and strategies. Video is an ideal way to demonstrate a technique and convey information about a specific approach to a clinical problem in burn care. This session features, 5-10 minute video recordings of a technique involving care and treatment of a burn patient, using the theme of “How I Do It”. This session is multidisciplinary in nature and will feature technical descriptions of treatments and interventions provided by many members of the burn team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the results of cutting-edge scientific clinical management or basic science research and other burn issues.
  • Identify opportunities to improve care of the burn injured patient.

Necrotizing soft tissue infections remain one of the more difficult disease processes to manage and still carry a high mortality rate. Many of the management aspects still represent a challenge for clinicians including accurate and timely diagnosis, antimicrobial therapies and surgical management. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the etiology, microbiology and surgical management, including surgical reconstruction of a variety of NSTIs as well as similar conditions such as Levamisole induced vasculitis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the etiology and classification of necrotizing soft tissue infections.
  • Evaluate and assess necrotizing soft tissue infections and formulate a medical and surgical management plan.
  • List other conditions that mimic necrotizing soft tissue infections.
  • Describe the surgical management for necrotizing soft tissue infections.

This session provides a summary of critical discussions of the processes, events and actions related to a burn surge mass casualty exercise in Massachusetts in the summer of 2019 sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness Response’s Regional Disaster Health Preparedness Pilot Project. The aims of the session are to share the challenges identified by the exercise from experts in the field and from the burn community and to understand interactions between the state, regional and federal levels and the role of the American Burn Association regions and central office in disaster situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe the role of the ABA regions in a burn surge disaster situation.
  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe the role of and resources available at the ABA central office in burn surge disaster situations.
  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe the role of the federal government in a burn surge disaster situation.
  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to list the challenges involved and resources available to respond to a burn surge event that overwhelms local resources.

There are many outcome measures utilized in health care. This session will offer the learner information on the trends and application of outcome measures in burn rehabilitation therapy, with focus on relationship of measures to the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning (ICF) framework, including what qualities constitute a good outcome measure, what are the domains of mobility and hand function; and how outcome measures are used in practice to enhance documentation as well as to demonstrate evidence-based practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to explain the use of outcome measures in the context of the ICF.
  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to define the principles of sound outcome measures, including reliability, validity and how to choose the right metric.
  • After completing this course, the learner should be able to determine which outcome measures are most effective for use in burn rehabilitation in areas of impairment, activity and participation.

Not all therapeutic decisions in burn care are informed by large prospective randomized studies. There are often opposing approaches to the same clinical problem. Burn care providers often disagree about various therapeutic interventions for the burn patient. This session will highlight a controversial area in burn treatment – the use of Cultured Epidermal Autograph in patients with >70% TBSA. Dr. William Hickerson and Dr. Robert Cartotto, defending their stances on the use of CEA.

Learning Objectives:

  • After completing this course, you should be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using CEA as a therapeutic approach.

The ABA Professional Certification Committee members are actively working to achieve a pathway to Burn Nurse Certification. There are many moving parts to this process and we need to work together to get to the finish line! From competencies, to the scope of practice, to standards of care, all of which will lead to our ultimate goal of Burn Nurse Certification. We invite all nurses to join the discussion as we continue on our journey!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current Scope of Burn Nursing Practice Statement and Standards.
  • Discuss implementation of the BNCI competencies.
  • Recognize current state of Burn Nurse Certification process.

A favorite session among attendees. Editors from each of the top publications in burn care present and discuss major advances in published burn research throughout the past year. Journals represented include: Journal of Burn Care & Research; Wound Repair and Regeneration; Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; and Burns.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe new techniques in burn care (surgical/wound care/critical care).
  • Discuss what other countries are researching in burn care.

This session shares the top five abstracts, based on the scores of reviewers, will be presented at the Plenary to allow all attendees to hear the highest rated abstracts presented during the meeting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss Top 5 abstracts chosen by the program committee.
  • Describe research and cutting edge developments in burn patient care.

Verification helps ensure your burn center meets the highest standards of comprehensive burn care, all the way from prevention through acute inpatient care to rehabilitation, outpatient reconstruction and psychosocial needs. The ABA offers a robust quality benchmarking program that is constantly updated to reflect improvements in all aspects of burn care. This session will help ensure your verification is successful.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the benefits of becoming an ABA verified burn center.
  • Describe the steps necessary to undertake verification.
  • Explain the most important components of a successful verification visit.
  • Describe changes in the PRQ format implemented this year.


All 297 posters that were accepted for presentation at the ABA 52nd Annual Meeting will be available for review. Attendees can get up to 24 hours of CEU credit for reviewing all posters.

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