Comprehensive Factors Affecting Wound Care

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Comprehensive Factors Affecting Wound Care

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Principles of Wound Management

This lesson will teach the learner about the following topics pertaining to the principles of wound management:

  • Preventing complications of wound healing (e.g., infection, maceration, inappropriate product use)
  • Recommending appropriate pain management modalities
  • Recommending appropriate wound cleansing regimen
  • Identifying the need for wound culture (e.g., delayed wound healing, signs and symptoms of infection)
  • Differentiating the most appropriate method for wound culture (e.g., aspirate, Levine, punch biopsy)
  • Identifying indications and contraindications for debridement
  • Recommending the type of debridement (e.g., autolytic, chemical, mechanical, surgical, conservative sharp)
  • Identifying wounds that require chemical cauterization
  • Identifying the need for advanced modalities for wound cleansing and debridement (e.g., pulsed lavage, mist therapy, maggot therapy)
  • Recommending appropriate topical treatment to maintain periwound integrity
  • Recommending and applying dressings for moist wound healing (e.g., containment of drainage, eliminate dead space, reduce bioburden, control odor, debridement)
  • Identifying wounds appropriate for advanced wound therapy (e.g., leech therapy, bioengineered tissue, negative pressure wound therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy)
  • Educating patients and caregivers regarding wound healing (e.g., infection, tobacco cessation, nutrition, optimal health choices, causative factors)
  • Facilitating appropriate interdisciplinary consultations (e.g., surgical, pain clinic, orthotics, nutrition, social services, pastoral care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, mental health professional)

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Principles of Wound Management Video

Principles of Wound Management Audio

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Certification Exam Handbook


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Certification Exam Handbook


WOCN Support Surface Algorithm

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Support Surface Algorithm