Rehabilitation of the Burn Patient


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Anthony De Piero, MOTR/L

This course looks at the process of burn rehabilitation in the acute care phase of recovery from the occupational therapy perspective.

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for occupational therapists as well as other professionals with an interest in the process of burn recovery through the lens of an occupational therapist.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the various types, depths and classification of burns and their impact on physical and cognitive function.
  • Identify burn classification impact on physical and cognitive function.
  • Recall the importance of client positioning to improve the functional outcomes of clients (skin integrity, burn healing, joint integrity, joint range of motion, joint protection, mitigate scar banding).
  • Recognize the role of OTs in terms of ADLs and/or adaptive equipment to improve independence with everyday tasks (use of activities of daily living, introduction of adaptive equipment, and goal of client initiating active engagement in any aspect of ADL participation and volitional movement).
  • Recall the ideal recovery for a client who suffered a burn injury (resuming occupational engagement and occupational participation with consideration to environmental modification and lifestyle behaviors to facilitate long term skin/joint protection and independence).

Completion Requirements

1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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