Online Course
Non-Surgical Debridement of Burn Injuries
Explore non-invasive debridement techniques to prepare a burn wound for healing

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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Burn wound injuries are a common injury worldwide. Despite the unfortunate regularity of these injuries, burn wound therapy continues to be a challenging and dynamic field of medicine and rehabilitation. The first and most critical step in burn wound care and wound bed preparation is the removal of eschar and other non-vitalised tissue with the ultimate goal of wound healing and closure. Surgical debridement has been the standard of care for decades, but it is not without risk. Alternative non-surgical methods of debridement have been explored and researched. These methods provide less invasive and more selective options for the removal of non-vitalised tissue from a burn wound. This course explores five evidence-supported non-surgical debridement methods available for the treatment of burn wound injuries, many of which can be performed at the patient's bedside or in an outpatient setting. Non-surgical Debridement might not fit within the scope of practice of all physiotherapists or other rehabilitation professionals, however it is important to know when debridement is indicated, types of debridement and the effect it would have on the patient’s pain and healing.


This course aims to introduce non-surgical debridement techniques available as alternatives to surgical interventions for 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. 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 1.9 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 at least two indications for debridement of burn wound injuries and at least three reasons why non-surgical options may be preferred
  • discuss five non-surgical debridement methods for burn wound injuries

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Diane Merwarth: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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