Online Course
Introduction to Dressing Selection for Burn Wound Injuries
Learn to balance the art and science of dressing selection to provide effective burn wound care

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.

Course instructor

SRSHS is a USAID-funded project aiming to improve and increase access to rehabilitation services in Ukraine and Tajikistan

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Selecting the appropriate dressing for a given burn wound is both an art and a science. The science supports the clinician's selection of an appropriate dressing type or topical agent based on the status of a wound. Unfortunately, there is very limited strong evidence available to support the use of any one dressing or bandaging protocol. The art of dressings is in selecting a specific dressing for each burn wound that facilitates healing and stays in place, allowing the patient to be mobile and perform functional activities.

This course explores the wide variety of dressings available and provides insight into the selection and application of commonly used dressings in burn care. It also overviews the standard of care in burn wound injury management and offers best practices for establishing a dressing change care plan.


This course aims to provide the wound care professional with an introductory understanding of dressing selection for burn wound injuries and provide guidance on creating a burn wound care plan.


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

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  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.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 2 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 accepted burn wound injury standards of care and two clinical exceptions to these standards
  • discuss the overall role of dressings in proper burn wound care and how they may affect a patient’s care plan
  • compare the numerous options for burn wound dressing selection
  • discuss key clinical reasoning considerations behind deroofing or leaving a blister intact in burn wound care

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Diane Merwarth: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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