This CE / CME Activity includes 13 wound care focused presentations facilitated by leading wound educators and originally presented live, April 2, 2020. Over 9 hours of wound care content.
Earn up to 9.75 CE/CME.
Up-to-date education on evidence-based wound care practices directly related to issues being experienced in facilities around the globe.
See a breakdown for each Topic and purchase this accredited Activity below.
Wound staging practices vary, given the use of different staging systems and tools for measurement. This inconsistency of staging methods often leads to wound documentation errors or inaccuracies that negatively impact patient treatment and outcomes. Inadequate training or skill level of nursing staff in the proper assessment and staging of wound types is also prevalent.
Identifying and managing biofilms are important aspects of wound care in managing chronic non-healing wounds. Biofilm assessment and the evidence supporting biofilm-based wound care for managing chronic wounds is discussed.
Cell-based therapies in wound care include an ever-expanding scope of technologies on the market, including cellular and/or tissue-based products (formerly known as “skin substitutes”) and autologous homologous delivery systems. Evidence suggests that the use of cell-based therapies accelerates wound closure in patients with chronic and complex wounds when compared with standard wound care.
Management of fistulas and ostomies can be challenging. Understanding the principles of wound care and the various treatment modalities is key in enhancing a patient’s comfort and healing. A discussion on clinical case studies and management strategies for complex wounds and fistulas will be provided.
Management of exudate is critically important in wound care. Exudate is present in both acute and chronic wounds and plays a major role in wound healing. Appropriate dressing selection and skin care will aid in managing exudate, thereby maintaining moisture balance and promoting wound healing.
Acute and chronic wounds may require a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach to achieve closure. Myriad therapeutic interventions are available, including negative pressure wound therapy, therapeutic support surfaces, and adjunctive therapies. A multidisciplinary team approach has also been shown to support optimal patient outcomes.
The pathophysiology of venous ulcers is complex, and multiple theories have been suggested. Although clinical practice guidelines exist, implementation of these recommendations is often inconsistent. This session will teach participants how to differentiate venous ulcers at various stages of development and how to apply appropriate treatment interventions to the management and prevention of venous leg ulcers.
The various offloading devices available to the wound care professional must be applied appropriately to redistribute destructive forces that develop in the diabetic or neuropathic foot. A discussion of the impact of diabetic foot ulcers from pre-ulceration to management of patients who have undergone amputation and the essential role of offloading will support practical prevention and management practices.
Although the risk of pressure injury can be stratified using the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk® and other validated assessment tools, combining these assessment tools with an awareness of intrinsic and psychological factors will provide greater accuracy when evaluating a patient’s risk for pressure-related skin breakdown.
Skin Failure, Kennedy Terminal Ulcers, Trombley-Brennan Terminal Tissue Injuries and Skin Changes at Life’s End: Definitions and Differences
Wounds occurring in patients at the end of life develop as the result of unmodifiable intrinsic and extrinsic factors that are unique to each patient. Multiple terms are accepted to describe wounds in patients who are either terminally ill or in the active process of dying.
Health care professionals must have a working knowledge of the risk factors for infection, as well as key challenges associated with the accurate diagnosis and treatment of an infected wound. Practical intervention strategies in the management and prevention of wound infections play an essential role in improving patient outcomes in wound healing.
Compression therapy is a key element of edema and lymphedema management, but for this therapy to be successful, health care professionals must ensure that the modalities and devices used are tailored to each individual client’s needs and abilities.
Consensus guidelines and recent studies support clinicians in applying the most widely accepted, evidence-based standards of care in modern wound care. As such, the ability to evaluate the quality of evidence has become an essential skill for all wound care professionals. This discussion will include a review of the latest evidence on wound management of the most commonly encountered wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers, burns, chronic wounds, and venous leg ulcers.