Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
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Assessment and Management of Wounds Bundle


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Physiology of Healing, Wound Assessment, and Documentation

Price: $21.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1802  

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Whether wounds are acute or chronic, nurses are the clinicians most intimately involved with the assessment, care, and ongoing evaluation of wounds. Key components for success in wound management and improving outcomes are: possessing a fundamental knowledge of wound etiology and the cofactors contributing to wound formation; understanding the physiology of healing; applying critical assessment skills;  implementing  evidence-based standards of care; and completing thorough documentation. Nurses must possess knowledge related to key concepts and principles of the structure of the integumentary system, how it repairs itself when damaged, and when it requires assistance to heal. The challenges of wound healing have long been known and are based on anecdotal cases, personal preferences, and now evidence-based research.

Providing effective wound care involves having a basic understanding of the physiologic process that takes place with healing, differences in acute and chronic wounds, and the level of tissue loss.

Wound assessment and documentation are  essential to the wound management plan. Assessment guides the clinician in identifying the cause of the wound, which will drive treatment decisions, while the use of a validated documentation tool provides consistency and reliability of wound healing evaluations.

Anatomy and physiology of the skin and physiology of wound healing are explained in this course. The final chapter of the course discusses assessment parameters most commonly used in wound evaluation as well as documentation of the wound assessment and progress. Nurses involved in the management of wounds will learn the principles required to assess wounds, determine etiology, monitor and document healing, and create a care management plan. 

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1737 - Wound Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses.

Managing Wounds: Reimbursement and Professional Practice Topics

Price: $16.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1801  

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Nurses with expertise in wound care and those who obtain advanced certification  provide direct care and are called on to advise  and educate colleagues and members of the multidisciplinary team. Changes in care based on evidence from research, regulatory changes requiring quality outcomes to be measured, and a reimbursement culture that demands assessment, documentation, and progress for payment all affect nursing practice with the central goal of providing the best care for each patient. While much of wound care nursing focuses on the clinical aspect of caring for a patient, the wound care nurse must also recognize the importance of non-clinical issues, such as reimbursement, education, and legislation.

Reimbursement issues are always an important component of healthcare services. The process of coding and documentation for obtaining reimbursement is ever changing and complex. This requires nurses to stay current in regulatory changes, use the specific language required to document accurately, and work with coding professionals and the quality management team. Selecting wound care materials and resources that best address the wound type, as well as the ongoing assessment and evaluation of a wound with documentation supporting the plan of care and any changes, are key nursing responsibilities.

Nurses should also be aware of the various ways education may be obtained in wound management and understand evidence-based practice. Finally, it is vital for wound care nurses to be knowledgeable of the legalities surrounding wound management, including licensure laws, government regulations, organization policies, and practice standards that affect wound care methods.

This course reviews the general practices of reimbursement payors, including Medicare, Medicaid, and HMOs, and provides general information that can be used to make the reimbursement process more successful. (Note that this course does not discuss billing or reimbursement practices in detail because this will vary across the country.) Education, evidence-based guidelines or standards of care, and legal issues are also discussed.

After taking this course, nurses will apply information relative to the various reimbursement processes and the requirements to obtain payment when providing wound care services to their own practice. The nurse will also be informed about educational advancement in the specialty and understand the need to know any scope of practice limitations and the legal implications when providing wound care services across settings.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1737 - Wound Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses.

Impediments to Healing: Managing Acute and Chronic Wounds

Price: $21.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1803  

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Wound management and the promotion of healing are complicated and challenging to those suffering with such maladies. Whether wounds are acute or chronic, nurses are the clinicians most intimately involved with the care and ongoing evaluation of wounds. Nurses working in acute care, rehabilitative, long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings all contend with a variety of wounds at different stages in the healing process among all patient populations. Thus, the nurse in general practice must have a solid knowledge of wound a care and potential impediments to healing.

Most wounds heal through a predictable process that includes homeostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and scar maturation. Most acute wounds heal without difficulty, though the healing process remains complex. Managing chronic wounds, on the other hand, is often a significant challenge to nurses. Some wounds, for a variety of reasons, become stalled in some part of the healing phases. This effectively delays or prevents closure and durable scar formation. Although any wound can become chronic, patients with chronic disease have increased risk of developing the recalcitrant wound, or the wound unresponsive to treatment.

Careful selection of topical care, control of etiologic and systemic factors, and timely referral to appropriate interdisciplinary care members form the basis for moving a wound from nonhealing to healing and finally closure. Nurses need to understand and apply to practice the principles and factors that influence wound healing. Evidence-based standards guide care. Utilizing the nursing process provides the framework to implement effective strategies to meet patient specific needs posed by the presence of acute and chronic wounds.

This course will discuss factors that impede wound healing and measures to reduce them as well as types of wounds (both acute and chronic) and how to assess and manage both. 

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1737 - Wound Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses.

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