Three Years of EMSB in Indonesia: A Journey in Standardizing and Escalating Burn Care in Indonesia

Dr Lisa Hasibuan1

1The Indonesian College Of Surgeons, Bandung, Indonesia


The first EMSB course in Indonesia was held in December 2013, but it wasn’t until the year 2016 that the course became the standard for the acute management of severe burns in our country and was held regularly. Supported by Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), ANZBA, with collaboration both the Indonesian College of Surgeons, and the Indonesian College  of Plastic Surgeons , we trained our faculty that is very committed in teaching the EMSB course in Indonesia.

After holding 45 courses—and the numbers are still growing—with 30 instructors and 7 coordinators, we have spread the skill and knowledge to our country ranging from Aceh to Papua. Through EMSB in Indonesia, 1070 participants are competent to handle acute management of severe burns with a 20% rate of re-sits for the written exam, 3% rate of re-sits for the simulation exam and 1% rate of participants that had to re-take the whole course.

Though the path has been started to have a standardized and qualified burn care all over Indonesia, still  many challenges to face other than training health professionals, such as  having every doctors participating for the National Burn Registry, building a good Burn Referral System and also educating the people about burn prevention. Our recent study showed that the public, especially those with low socioeconomic status have inadequate knowledge regarding burn prevention, burn first aid and initial management. These challenges are further heightened in the Indonesian national health insurance (BPJS) era, where hospital care budget is extremely limited, especially for long-term care such as burns patients.


Author is a senior Indonesian plastic surgeon and the Burn Unit head in Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, also involved in teaching plastic surgery residents. She took  the advanced training through ASPS/PSF/Smile Train International Scholarship Program  in the USA an an internship program in Japan. She has an interest in building Indonesian plastic surgery education,  and positioned as Curriculum Committee in the Indonesian College of Plastic Surgery. She is active as speaker in various scientific activities. She is the founder of Indonesian Burn and Wound Healing Society.

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