Burn Evaluation and Care for Emergency Responders

Course Description:

According to United States Fire Administration data, in 2007 fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Approximately 10,000 people in the United States die every year because of infections that complicate burns. While burn injuries are common in the United States, specialized burn centers often lack the capability to care for large numbers of burn victims. For this reason, improved initial evaluation, triage and management of burn injuries can significantly impact victim outcomes. These tasks are most commonly performed by emergency responders and first receivers (paramedics, nurses and physicians). This course will raise the overall burn care expertise among participants and prepare these individuals to respond to public health threats and burn-related emergencies.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the need for improved disaster training for burn response
  • Describe the mechanism of different types and degrees of burn injuries
  • Discuss the evaluation, triage, and initial management of thermal, electrical, chemical, smoke inhalation and radiation burn injuries
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 5.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Burn Evaluation and Care for Emergency Responders
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Course expires: 


James Cross

James Cross, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Associate Professor of Surgery

Ziad Kazzi

Ziad Kazzi, MD, FAAEM
Emory University
Georgia Poison Center
Medical Toxicologist
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine


Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee, MPH
Valorcorps, LLC
Arlington, VA
Founder and Consultant

Available Credit

  • 5.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 5.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Burn Evaluation and Care for Emergency Responders


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Required Hardware/software

System Settings 
This course is designed to work most effectively if your computer and internet connection meet certain minimal requirements. This course can be accessed using a Windows 10 PC or a Mac with High Sierra1, Mojave, or Catalina. Pop-up blockers should be disabled when viewing the course. Internet Explorer 11 (for Windows 10), or the current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari (for Windows 10 and or Mac) is required. Many of our courses require Java and JavaScript enabled. 

Links to External Websites   
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Adobe Acrobat Reader (for desktops and laptops)  
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Internet Connection Speed 
A minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps is recommended for an optimal experience, which is commonly the speed associated with a basic DSL or a cellular/satellite connection. A faster connection, such as cable or fiber service, with further enhance your online experience. A Wi-Fi connection is generally acceptable, but it is dependent upon one of the two services mentioned above. You can check your internet connection speed at http://www.speedtest.net/.