BBA Education

EMSB: Emergency Management of the Severe Burn Course

The Candidate Course

The patient with burns presents a difficult challenge to most health care personnel. Apart from the serious nature of the injury, there is the patient’s discomfort, the distress of the patient and their relatives, the loss of income and the compromise of their employment future, and their uncertainty about the future. In addition to these factors, the well-known surgical maxim that the trauma patient who is seen, assessed and treated early by skilled personnel heals more quickly than the patient whose treatment is delayed, is as true for the burn victim as it is for any other trauma patient.

This course is based on the principle that timely emergency assessment, resuscitation and transfer provide the best chance of recovery in our patients with burns. Ultimately, the patient that we will be called upon to manage with burns, and perhaps with associated severe injuries, should benefit from this course.

The aim of this course is to provide sufficient factual information regarding the presentation, diagnosis and initial management of the patient with severe burns, to enable medical and nursing practitioners to deal competently with this urgent and often life threatening problem.

This course was written by members of the Association’s Education Committee, each individual chapter being written from members’ personal (and considerable) experience in different areas of burn care. All the contained material is original material that has not been published in this form before.

The Emergency Management of Severe Burns (EMSB) course provides trauma management guidelines and protocols specific to burns, that are additive in content to EMST. While EMSB is designed to be a “Stand Alone Course”, which provides sufficient information to define the Minimum Standards of Emergency Burn Care (of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association and the British Burn Association), the course can also be taught in conjunction with the ATLS, providing extra information specific to the management of burns. EMSB covers the principles of the emergency management of severe burns in the British Isles.

The course is appropriate for medical and nursing practitioners who might be required to provide initial management to patients with severe burn injuries eg those working anywhere in the field of burn care, anaesthesia, trauma, pre-hospital and emergency medicine as well as those working in isolated areas.

Apart from teaching the material contained, the course seeks to emphasise the benefits of all emergency care givers having knowledge of the same protocols of emergency burn care, as this facilitates primary care and appropriate referral; the ultimate beneficiary of this approach being our patient with burns.

The information is taught in five separate and complimentary sections:

1. Course Manual
2. Formal Lectures
3. Skill Stations
4. Interactive Discussion Groups
5. Simulated Burn Cases
6. Examination and Clinical Test

Registration for these courses can only be made through the online booking system.

Civilian Candidate and Instructor, and Military Instructor EMSB courses are one-day (7:30-17:30).

The list of EMSB courses for 2016 is available here: EMSB Course Dates 2016.pdf

For more information about the EMSB course, please contact Nechama Lewis by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

EMSB Faculty Recommendation

Recommendations to Join EMSB Faculty 2015.pdf