When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!
Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.
This course is designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines who are involved in the management of wounds. The course discusses the physiology of skin breakdown, management of both acute and chronic injuries, and surgical lesions. Numerous components of wound management are described, such as wound cleansing, debridement, biodebridement, moist wound healing, and periwound injuries. Nurses will learn about a myriad of wound care products, such as antiseptics and topical disinfectants, antimicrobial/antifungal agents, collagens, gauzes, hydrocolloids, hydrogels, and others. Skin issues associated with wound care are described, including blisters, dermatitis, fungal rashes, mechanical trauma, and moisture-associated skin damage. Aspects of dressing change, such as packing a wound, securing the dressing, pain management, pharmacological interventions, and clean versus sterile techniques are also covered. Numerous procedures are described, including wound biopsy, application of dermal repair scaffold, and application of compression dressing. Nurses will also learn about adjunctive wound care therapies like hyperbaric oxygen, growth factors, ultrasound, bioengineered skin, and electrical stimulation. The course outlines reimbursement issues and describes professional practice topics such as legal issues in wound management and organization accountability.
California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 10 hours through July 19, 2017.
- Identify the anatomy and physiology of the skin.
- Identify the layers and functions of the skin.
- Identify changes that occur with aging.
- Identify types of wounds and surrounding skin damage (peri-wounds).
- Discuss wound closure and adjunctive therapeutic methods.
- Discuss relationships between wound types and the healing process.
- Identify factors that impede wound healing.
- Discuss how to accurately perform and document a wound assessment.
- Identify acute vs. chronic wounds.
- Identify common sites, causes and management of pressure and/or chronic lower leg ulcers.
- Define edema and lymphedema.
- Discuss wound management, education and legal concerns for nurses.
Margaret T. Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN,
is a clinical nurse specialist in wound ostomy and continence and has been in practice for nearly 30 years. She received her diploma in nursing from Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden NJ and bachelor and master degrees in nursing from Widener University in Chester PA. She has been board certified by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) for all of her nursing practice. Ms. Goldberg assisted with the creation of guidelines for wound and ostomy care published by the WOCN Society and is currently on the board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and serves as their treasurer.
Laurel R. Smith, BSN, RN, CWCN, has been a registered nurse since 1983. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her nursing experience includes supervision of a pediatric outpatient clinic. She has worked in wound care for more than 12 years and earned certification in wound management from the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society in 2005. For the last 7 years, Ms. Smith has managed an outpatient wound care center where she has clinical oversight, as well as the daily activities of the unit. She has an interest in sharing her knowledge with other healthcare professionals and hopes that the educational material included in this book will provide-up-to date wound care information and assist others to increase their wound care knowledge and develop their skills.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.