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Release Date: January 3, 2017
Expiration Date: January 3, 2020
This course reviews the anatomy of the skin, the physiology of wound healing for acute and chronic wounds, skin changes across the life span, and the implications of such changes for wound healing among older adults. The course also covers the phases and cellular processes of healing and addresses the forces – both intrinsic and extrinsic – that may limit wound healing. Armed with this knowledge, the clinician can better determine whether a wound is progressing properly and when to intervene with the appropriate cost-effective treatments. This course describes several chronic wound types and acute burn injuries, wound assessment, and fundamental management strategies based on wound characteristics. This intermediate-level course is designed for both the occupational therapist who is new to wound care and the practicing occupational therapist who would like a review of the fundamentals. This course provides the learner with a basic and foundational knowledge of wound healing and practical applications to guide clinical practice. The learner wishing to treat clients with wounds should further his or she training with more advanced courses on clinical topics.
AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Client Factors; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation & Intervention
0.5 AOTA CEUs are awarded for successful completion of this course.
- Explain the role of the occupational therapist in wound healing.
- Describe the anatomy, physiology, structure, and functions of the skin.
- Describe the physiology of wound healing, including the phases of wound healing and types of wound closure.
- Identify key components of wound assessment.
- Select appropriate basic management strategies for chronic wounds based on wound characteristics.
- Describe the etiology and basic treatment of several common types of wounds.
Jennifer Quisberg, MPT, CWS, is a physical therapist and certified wound specialist at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her master’s degree in physical therapy in 2000 from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University). She has practiced wound care for more than 15 years and has been a certified wound specialist for 11 years. She served as an adjunct faculty member from 2011 to 2012 at St. Catherine University. Since 2010, Ms. Quisberg has been an integrated clinical education instructor for St. Catherine University physical therapy students, introducing them to wound care in the clinical setting. In 2009, she coauthored the article “Adjuvant Use of Acoustic Pressure Wound Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Wounds: A Retrospective Analysis,” which was published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She was a clinical liaison in 2007 and 2008 for Celleration, Inc., a wound care company located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has served on its clinical advisory board. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Ms. Quisberg participated in medical mission trips to Haiti, where she taught wound care to the staff at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), belongs to the Electrophysiology and Wound Care Section, and has served on an APTA task force to more fully understand and better utilize tests for functional limitation reporting for Medicare. In 2014, Ms. Quisberg received the APTA Wound Management Special Interest Group’s Wound Care Therapist Scholarship to the Symposium on the Advancement of Wound Care.
Shirley A. Blanchard, PhD, ABDA, OTR/L, FAOTA, FHDR, received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1975, her master’s degree in physical education in 1983 from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and her PhD in educational psychology (health and human performance) in 2002 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Dr. Blanchard served as Regional Manager of Occupational Therapy for a rehabilitation company focused on service delivery to skilled and intermediate facilities. Dr. Blanchard worked collaboratively with nursing staff to develop seating and positioning interventions aimed at reducing the risk of pressure ulcers. As instructor of record for physical rehabilitation at Creighton University in Omaha, she was invited to coauthor a book chapter with Dr. Barbara Braden, RN (author of the Braden Scale) on risk assessment and pressure sore prevention. The chapter offers strategies for pressure sore prevention in bed and when using wheelchairs and cushions. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a Fellow of Health Disparities Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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 the 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.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.
- Holly Korzendorfer has disclosed that she serves as vice president of clinical business development at DermaRite Industries, a company that manufactures skin care products and distributes wound and nutrition products. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.