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Burns and Wound Healing

This module will provide the theoretical underpinning and practice base to enable the healthcare professional to deliver safe and effective autonomous care.

This will include patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed burn injuries and problematic wound healing to primary and secondary care across the age and acuity spectrum.

Contact: Therese Lepicard

Course type: Module

Available as a Stand-alone Course? Yes

Course Leaders: Darren Lewis and David Wallace

Duration: 5 days

Credits: 20

Module Code: MD986

Assessment: 2,000 word essay
2 hour exam


Funding Opportunities

Next Course:

End Point Assessment – Advanced Practice

Special Incident Management

How to apply

Available on which courses?

Topics covered will include:

  • The structure and function of the skin:
    • Anatomy of the epidermis and dermis
    • The physiology of the skin
  • Cutaneous wound healing:
    • The stages of wound healing
    • Scarring and abnormal response to wound healing
  • The pathophysiology of the acute burn wound and the systemic response to burn injury
  • The principles of fluid resuscitation
  • The pathophysiology of inhalation injury:
    • Airway management
    • Adjuncts
  • The management plan for patients with acute burn injuries including emergency treatment
  • The pathophysiology of cutaneous acute and chronic wounds
  • The management plan for patients with acute and chronic cutaneous wounds

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the functional anatomy and altered pathophysiology of skin, and a range of related body systems, relevant to acute and chronic wounds, including burn injuries
  • Adapt a standard approach to performing a full systems clinical examination, providing reasoned rationale for the adaptive approach
  • Provide a detailed plan of justified investigations and a treatment plan based on a critical appraisal of best evidence, appropriate to burn injuries and wounds, and fulfil professional requirements related to record keeping and documentation
  • Develop critical appraisal skills in assimilating and synthesising patient variables in order to support autonomous practice, improve patient experience and outcomes with burn injuries and problematic wound healing
  • Present a case study assignment focussing on either an acute burn injury or problematic wound management incorporating critical appraisal of relevant literature