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Wound Care: Challenges and Solutions

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Course Description

Patients with multiple comorbidities often present with chronic, painful, non-healing wounds that require a comprehensive approach to care. This seminar will provide the clinician with tools for assessment, factors that impede healing, identification of different types of wounds, wound dressing choices/categories, skin care strategies for prevention of wounds and actual patient case studies. There will also be a portion for hands-on dressing samples and discussion for usage.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and develop skills to provide a comprehensive assessment of wounds.
  • Discuss strategies for effective documentation of wounds.
  • Identify different types of wounds: characteristics of pressure, arterial and venous ulcers, neuropathic wound and discuss how to treat them.
  • Recognize factors that promote and impede wound healing.
  • Select treatment options and wound dressings based on wound assessment, etiology and goal of wound care.
  • Identify strategies for prevention of wounds and effective skin care.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Skin, Physiology and Phases of Wound Healing
    Anatomy and Physiology of Skin | Skin Integrity and Aging Skin | Factors that Complicate Wound Healing
  • Comprehensive Wound Assessment
    Phases of Wound Healing | Moist Wound Healing vs. Scabbing
  • Principles of Wound Bed Preparation
    Identification of Granulation, Slough and Necrotic Tissue | Types of Debridement | How to Identify Wound Infection
  • Wound Types and Etiologies
    Pressure, Arterial and Neuropathic Wounds | Deep Tissue Injury | Incontinence Associated Dermatitis | Surgical/Acute Wounds | Fistulas | Fungating/Cancer Lesions
  • Dress for Success: The Many Wound Dressing Options
    Dressing Categories | Selecting Dressings for Formulary | Dressing Samples
  • Wound Prevention Strategies
    Alternative Therapies | Offloading Devices | Skin Care
  • Documentation Tips
    Tools Used for Wound Documentation and Healing | Charting Prevention Measures and Patient Declines | The Unavoidable Wound
  • Understanding Wound Pain and Treatment Options
    Palliative vs. Curative Approach to Wound Care | Holistic Care | Education of Caregivers | Preserving Dignity and Comfort
  • Actual Patient Case Studies | Q & A Session