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Advanced Burn Life Support

The Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Provider Course is an eight-hour course for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, firefighters, and paramedics. This live, hands-on course is designed to provide the "how-to" of emergency care of the burn patient through the first 24-hour critical time period. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussions. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a Burn Center will be provided. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment.

Course Objectives:
• Evaluate a patient with a serious burn
• Define the magnitude and severity of the injury
• Identify and establish priorities of treatment
• Manage the airway and support ventilation
• Initiate and monitor fluid resuscitation
• Apply correct methods of physiological monitoring
• Determine which patients should be transferred to a burn center
• Organize and conduct the inter-hospital transfer of a seriously injured burn patient.

Continuing Education:
American Burn Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation. The ABA designates this continuing education activity for 7.0 continuing education credit hours. The Santa Clara Emergency Medical Services Agency (43-0001) designates 6.0 CEs for prehospital providers: paramedics.
The American Burn Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AACME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Burn Association designates this educational activity for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

Refund Policy:
A full refund will only be issued within one week of registration, or in the unlikely event of course cancellation. Once you are confirmed and course materials are sent out (sent via email within one week of registration), only a partial refund of 50% will be issued. No refunds will be issued after 9/11/23. To request a refund, please send an email to
For questions about this event, please contact Maaike Schenone, RN, ABLS Coordinator, - or Lea Lyn Zaballero, RN You may also contact the SCVMC Burn Center at 408-885-6670. For more information about the ABLS program and/or the ABA, please visit

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