Online Course
Assessment of Infection in Burn Injuries
Save a life and optimise healing by accurately identifying infection in a burn wound injury

2-2.5 hours





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Diane Merwarth
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Diane is a physical therapist with more than 25 years of practice in the areas of wound management and burn care.

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Burn wound injuries place a critical economic burden on healthcare infrastructures worldwide. They are also associated with high mortality rates due to severe complications. Infection is the most common complication in burn wound injuries. Therefore, prompt and precise diagnosis is critical for this patient population to prevent detrimental consequences and optimise healing outcomes. This course will overview signs and symptoms of infection, give insight into the physiological response to burn wound injury, and provide practical guidelines for infection mitigation and prevention.


This course aims to strengthen understanding of wound infection aetiology and assessment. It also explores the complex multiple-system effects of infection in burn wound injuries.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Two videos
  2. Two reading activities
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the International Wound Infection Institute Wound Infection Continuum (IWII-WIC) and how it can be applied to clinical wound practice
  • describe the sources of infection in burn wounds and how infection affects healing
  • discuss the local and systemic physiological responses to a burn wound injury
  • discuss infection prevention and mitagation techniques