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About ABA

Mission

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury.

Who We Are

The American Burn Association and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. The ABA has more than 3,500 members in the United States , Canada , Europe, Asia, and Latin America . Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, firefighters, and hospitals with burn centers. Our multidisciplinary membership enhances our ability to work toward common goals with other organizations on educational programs.

Activities

The ABA and its members are committed to improving the quality of care provided to burn patients. Our activities involve stimulating research in the methods of treating burn injuries and fostering prevention efforts. Other key ABA endeavors include providing continuing education courses, annual scientific meetings, and scientific publications.

The ABA offers and administers Advanced Burn Life Support courses, including the ABLS Now © web-based course, for physicians, burn care professionals, and first-responder personnel. National guidelines have been developed to optimize burn care and, with the American College of Surgeons, the ABA created a program to provide burn center verification, a true mark of distinction for a burn center. To achieve burn center verification, a center must meet rigorous standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources, and medical care services from the time of injury through rehabilitation. A National Burn Repository (NBR) and burn registry software program, known as National BurnTRACS was also developed.

The ABA maintains a Chicago office and Washington , DC representation. Current advocacy efforts include critical collaborative disaster preparedness projects with HHS; addressing potential Medicare and Medicaid cuts that affect burn patients and services; seeking additional support for the CARES Act to cover treatment of children's congenital or developmental deformity due to burns; and revising the definition of trauma in the federal law to include burn injuries.