Creating an Advanced Surgical Training programme for burn care (May 2018)

May 25, 2018
Richard Bendell

In May 2018, an international group of plastic surgeons, general surgeons and paediatric surgeons from all over the world came together to create a new training module for the Interburns Advanced Burn Care programme, focused on training burn surgeons in resource-poor settings globally. This international team included a wide range of highly experienced surgeons from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Palestinian Territories, as well as the UK and USA. The workshop was hosted by our partners the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University.

This Module will complete a trilogy of ABC modules focused on Rehabilitation, Nursing and Surgery, supporting the core members of the burn care team (therapists, nurses and surgeons). The module will cover all key aspects of surgical care from the acute and emergency stages in the first 24 hours through to reconstructive surgery months or even year post-injury. Topics covered will include excision and skin grafting, escharotomy/fasciotomy, palliative care, infection control, anaesthesia and analgesia, audit and research, leadership and change management, nutrition, acute and delayed reconstructive surgery, and many others. All ABC Modules are 5 day highly practical training programmes with a focus on interactive sessions and developing real world skills and decision-making abilities that can be put into practice despite the challenging environment and limited resources many surgeons treating burns face around the world.

Interburns is currently planning ABC Surgery to be delivered twice, once each in South Asia and Africa in the next 2 years. The first ABC Surgery will take place in Nepal in November 2018, at the Interburns Training Centre at Kirtipur Hospital, with international participants from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria and the Palestinian Territories. A further ABC Surgery will take place in early 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Those interested in attending either training please contact us at office (AT) Interburns (DOT) org.

Interburns would like to thank all our colleagues for contributing to this important international meeting and the UK Department for International Development for funding this workshop as part of a comprehensive international project to improve global burn care.