The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by
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.
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.
Proposed amendments 2017
Proposed amendments 2017 – redlined