This CE / CME Activity includes 10 wound care focused presentations facilitated by leading wound educators and originally presented live, July 17, 2020. Over 9 hours of wound care content.
Earn up to 9.25 CE/CME.
Up-to-date education on evidence-based wound care practices directly related to issues being experienced in facilities around the globe.
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Keynote: The Pandemic's Companion: COVID-19 Device-Related Pressure Ulcers in Patients and Providers
Both patients and health care providers are at risk of pressure ulcer related to medical device use. Patients may develop pressure ulcers from catheters, oxygen tubing, and feeding tubes, and providers, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic, may develop ulcers from extended use of goggles or face masks. Education of both patients and providers regarding prevention and strategies to reduce skin injury risk is paramount.
Atypical wounds account for 20% of chronic wounds, but their mechanisms remain unclear. Calciphylaxis, primarily seen in chronic kidney failure, is a condition caused by accumulated calcium in the small blood vessels at the subcutaneous level. Both atypical wounds and calciphylaxis should be managed with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach.
Some patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have developed rashes and other skin manifestations, most notably the condition known as COVID toes. The numbers of reported patients with COVID toes and skinrelated issues continue to increase, but further research is needed to link the viral infection to the skin manifestations. The American Academy of Dermatology has developed a COVID-19 Dermatology Registry for health care providers to use for reporting dermatologic conditions in their COVID-19 patients.
Clinicians should be able to identify bacterial balance during wound assessments and thus reduce the risk of infection and promote wound healing. Chronicity is a common challenge in wound care, and biofilm and infection are often found in chronic wounds. Practical knowledge of infection risk factors, proper diagnosis, appropriate monitoring, and effective treatment planning is needed to prevent biofilm formation and infection in chronic wounds.
Correctly differentiating pressure injuries from incontinence-associated dermatitis is essential for various reasons, including treatment selection, national targets, and reimbursement considerations. Although some anatomical overlap exists, these two conditions have distinct etiological, pathophysiological, and clinical features that can be identified by careful assessment.
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are pivotal events in limb loss because they are avenues for infection and cause tissue necrosis and poor wound healing. Limb amputation diminishes patients’ quality of life and carries a mortality risk. Best practice management of patients with DFUs uses a multidisciplinary team approach to prevent amputation and save lives.
Optimal management of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), both neuropathic and ischemic, includes clinical awareness, blood glucose control, regular foot inspection, offloading in high-risk patients, custom footwear, wound care, and timely diagnosis. Intravascular therapy plays a vital role in DFU management in patients facing limb threat risks. An angiosome-directed approach to lower limb revascularization has been found useful in some patients.
Venous and arterial ulcers are the most common types of leg ulcerations, although vascular ulcers can also have a mixed venous-arterial etiology. Effective management of vascular wounds depends on accurate, thorough assessment and diagnosis, as well as evidence-based best practice therapies for optimal clinical results.
Enhancing nutritional status is vital for preventing and managing wounds in surgical patients. Malnutrition leads to delayed wound healing, increased infection rates, and wound chronicity. Various strategies are recommended for treating patients with nutritional deficiencies to optimize nutrition and wound healing outcomes.
Bariatric patients face daily challenges with personal care, skin breakdown, and the need for appropriate equipment. These patients need physical and emotional preparation for the fistula and ostomy interventions, and postoperative self-care. If wounds develop, negative pressure wound therapy has been found effective in these patients.