Burns and Soft Tissue Injuries

Burns are something that we seem to rarely encounter in the prehospital setting. Understanding burns and the appropriate treatment for them is paramount to our patients. Integrating assessment findings with the principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression in order to form a comprehensive treatment plan for the acutely ill is only a portion of what will be covered in this lecture. Gaining knowledge and insight into what role the skin plays in our every day life and well as the appropriate treatment and transport decision will be an important component to the successful outcome of the burn patient. 

Target Audience

This course is intended for those licensed at the EMR level through Paramedic. This course satisfies the requirements for the State of Wisconsin EMT Flexible Refresher Renewal.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Understand key terms in reference to soft tissue injuries and burns
  • Understand abrasions, amputations, avulsions, closed injury, contusion, crush injury, impaled body parts, hematoma, incisions, lacerations, punctures and open injuries
  • Understand the pathology and management of complications in relationship to soft tissue injuries, burns, fluid and blood loss, toxic inhalation, compartment syndrome, toxic inhalation and rhabdomyolysis
  • Engage in the process of clinical reasoning to prioritize the proper management steps in burn patients
  • Gain further knowledge of the effective measures for controlling bleeding, dressing and bandaging wounds and burns
  • Understand the structure and function of the skin
  • Understand the special considerations during scene size-up when responding to calls regarding burn patients
  • Understand the procedures/steps necessary to stop the burn process
  • Understand the effects of burns in relationship to the respiratory system, circulatory system, renal, nervous and musculoskeletal system
  • Understand the different types of burns - electrical, thermal, chemical, radiation and inhalation
  • Understand the appropriate dosing in regards to fluid to be infused in a burn patient utilizing the Parkland burn formula
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Attendance
    Attendance Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

FR-Injury and Illness 2.0 hours

EMT-Basic - Trauma 2.0 hours

AEMT - Trauma 2.0 hours

Paramedic - Trauma 2.0 hours

(If the above categories are filled on the flexible refresher template, this course can also be utilized to fulfill flexible content).

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Attendance
    Attendance Credit


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