Burn Management in the Rehabilitation Setting

Description:  This course will focus on treatment planning and rehabilitation strategies for a patient with burns.  We will review how to utilize information gained in evaluation and skin assessment to determine an appropriate course of action, and what to watch for as a burn matures. Specifically, we will discuss scar management techniques including the use of scar massage, compression garments, and face masks. We will review how to prescribe appropriate functional exercise programs based on body areas affected. Serial casting, splinting, and other types of bracing to prevent contractures will also be reviewed.

Instructors: Kate DeMarco, MS, CCC-SLP, Allied Health Manager, Inpatient Pediatrics, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Jennifer Schmidt, OTR/L, Clinical Manager, Center for Pain Management, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and Kristi Turner, OTR/L, Research Occupational Therapist, Center for Bionic Medicine, Rehabilitation institute of Chicago
Audience:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists

You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Objectives Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss use of scar management techniques including scar massage and compression garments.
  • Summarize the unique considerations of management of facial burns, including use of appliances as appropriate.
  • Describe appropriate exercises and functional activities based on a patient’s areas of burn.
  • Discuss role of serial casting and splinting for contracture management and prevention of joint

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational Therapy
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process

Physical Therapy
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.15 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Financial - The instructors receive an honorarium for teaching this course from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Non-Financial - The instructors have no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose


Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists


Burn Rehabilitation Wounds