Intervention and Client Advocacy to Prevent Skin Breakdown and Promote Wound Healing

About the Course:
Impaired function and mobility can increase a person’s risk for skin breakdown. Conversely, improved function and mobility may improve overall quality of life for clients who are at risk for developing wounds. Research demonstrates that clients prefer continued engagement in meaningful and purposeful activities. This video course explores the importance of functional interventions and client advocacy at all levels of impairment to prevent skin breakdown for those who are at risk. This approach supports the client at the highest level of function; recognizes that a client’s functional ability may decline and clinical interventions may be needed to reduce the decline; and assures that all team members assist in helping the client maintain the highest level of function. The course reviews common wound management interventions and then applies components of advocacy to each client population using case examples. This course also presents the foundations of client advocacy and how it applies to individuals at risk for skin breakdown and introduces strategies for implementing client-centered treatment interventions across various settings. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Recognize the significance of client advocacy for individuals at risk for skin breakdown.
  • Identify the elements of a functionally based treatment POC that provides purpose and meaning.
  • Recognize standardized tools available to predict the risk of skin breakdown and the need for skilled interventions.
  • Identify common interventions.
  • Select components of advocacy to this population using case examples.
About the Instructor: 
Neely Sullivan, MPT, CLT-LANA, CDP, has worked with diverse client populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric in a variety of clinical settings. These experiences and multiple courses on the topic have allowed her to treat and develop client care programs for clients living with these conditions. She has served in multiple levels of regional and corporate management positions. In these positions, Neely has developed policies and worked closely with interdisciplinary teams to ensure that clients living with lymphedema and/or wounds have opportunity to attain their highest level of function and quality of life. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and has most recently been responsible for the identification, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs in long-term care settings.