Developing an Advanced Nursing Course in Burns (November 2015)

November 30, 2015
Richard Bendell



In early November, nurses from the UK, Ghana and Ethiopia met up at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana to continue their work on developing a highly practical and interactive 5 day Advanced Burn Care training course for nurses working in resource poor environments. This course will be piloted in March 2016 at the National Institute for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh and will be adapted for delivery in Nepal and Ghana in the future.


Many nurses working in burns in Asia and Africa have received little or no formal post-graduate training in burn care. As the primary point of contact for burn patients and their families, nurses play an absolutely critical role on the ongoing care of the patient and are one of the most important members of the multi-disciplinary burn care team. This  training programme is designed to address this gap through a hands-on format that will enable nursing staff to develop practical solutions to common problems and challenges in their day to day practice. It will cover a broad range of topics including infection control, dressings,  wound management and healing, pain control, assessment, nutrition etc.


UK-based  nurse Dominique Navet also handed over the revised version of the Essential Burn Care course to the team at Korle-Bu, led by Director Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah.Korle-B and Interburns signed a cooperation agreement for the continued delivery of EBC in Ghana in the future. The nursing team helped to deliverEBC training to a diverse range of staff from services across Ghana and several nurses from Sierra Leone at Korle-Bu in November, leading a number of small group discussions and skill stations.