The ABA and its members are committed to improving the quality of care provided to burn patients. Our activities involve stimulating research in the methods of treating burn injuries and fostering prevention efforts. Other key ABA endeavors include providing continuing education courses, annual scientific meetings, and scientific publications.
The ABA offers and administers Advanced Burn Life Support courses, including the ABLS Now © web-based course, for physicians, burn care professionals, and first-responder personnel. National guidelines have been developed to optimize burn care and, with the American College of Surgeons, the ABA created a program to provide burn center verification, a true mark of distinction for a burn center. To achieve burn center verification, a center must meet rigorous standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources, and medical care services from the time of injury through rehabilitation. A National Burn Repository (NBR) and burn registry software program were also developed.
The ABA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and maintains a Chicago office and Washington, DC representation. Current advocacy efforts include critical collaborative disaster preparedness projects with HHS, addressing potential Medicare and Medicaid cuts that affect burn patients and services, burn prevention efforts, and encouraging Department of Defense funding for military burn research.