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Basics of Burn Care

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September 6, 2024

Amsterdam Skills Centre

Provided by Global Surgery Amsterdam

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Basics of Burn Care Course

A practical course that teaches universal treatment principles of burn care​
Burn injuries are among the most impactful conditions worldwide, requiring essential surgery. In this course, healthcare workers can learn the universal principles of burn care, with in-person training in their local setting.

This course was developed by burn care specialists working together in a global collaboration. It's based on our books and website wiki.
''We want to improve surgical burn care worldwide by increasing the global surgical capacity''
For who

A burn care course for healthcare workers

This course is for healthcare professionals who care for patients with burn injuries. It is designed to strengthen your teamwork and help you understand each other’s roles in supporting burn patients’ needs. All healthcare workers who are members of a team treating burn patients, such as registered nurses, clinical officers and doctors, are welcome to join the course.
What you will learn

Learn the principles of treating burns

This course looks at burn care from a global perspective – the principles of the treatment of burns are the same, wherever you are. The course provides alternative options for providing high-quality care if resources are limited, to ensure these global standards can be applied around the world.
Prevention of burn injuries
Initial evaluation and management of burn injuries
Burn wound assessment
Interactive sessions on burn wound prevention, initial evaluation and management of burn injuries, and assessment of burn wounds
Conservative burn wound treatment
The basics of surgical burn wound treatment
Skills workshop on skin grafting and graft expansion
Scar management
Introduction in the principles of burns scar contracture release
This course features more than 30 case examples, including patient stories from Tanzania, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone and Bangladesh.
Your teachers

Learn from burn care specialists

Burn care experts from around the world – including doctors, surgeons, nurses, plastic surgeons and physiotherapists from high-income settings and resource-limited settings – contributed to developing this course, so you’ll learn proven techniques that work in your context.

The course instructors are burn specialists, including nurses, clinical officers, surgeons and plastic surgeons. All instructors are selected by local authorities or organizations. The course is approved by the Dutch Burn Foundation, Interplast Holland, and Doctors of the World, Netherlands.

To make sure the Basics of Burn Care Course meets your needs, we tested the course material in various local settings around the world:
Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Haydom, Tanzania
Kiruddu Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
Friendship Training Center, Gaibandha, Bangladesh
Masanga Hospital, Masanga, Sierra Leone
Amsterdam Skills Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Practical information

Course details

The course is held locally and includes workshops, discussion groups, pre-test, exams and evaluations, supported by online materials.
For organizations in burn care
A 2-day or 3-day program
In English (please contact us for translations)
Best suited for a group of 15-30 participants
We can customize the course to fit your local setting and resources


We are currently organizing pilots for the course in four countries. The cost of the course will be adapted to different settings in collaboration with the local course providers. Please contact us at info@basicsofburncare.org for more information.

A sustainable and customizable training model for missions organizations

Surgical missions organizations, such as Interplast, Resurge, Doctors of the World, Friendship, Mercy ships, can use this course as a tool to move from the short-term surgical care provision model to a more sustainable model focused on knowledge exchange. This can save money and human resources.

Surgical societies worldwide can embed the course in new and existing training programs and provide an effective and inexpensive element for Continuous Medical Education (the ATLS course is an example of this).

One world one standard of care

Our courses provide a standardized way to teach health care workers the basics of surgical care, applicable in every setting.

We focus on the basics because the more experienced you become in your career, the better you will understand that those who correctly apply the basic treatment principles are the best surgeons.

If you are interested to collaborate with us and to explore options to organise a course in you own setting, please contact us at: