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Course Details : Wound Care Course

Wound Management for Rehabilitation Professionals

Wound Management for Rehabilitation Professionals

  Contact Hours : 8 Hours

Course Description

This 1 day course fosters a deeper appreciation of the components of wound healing, beyond the three phases of inflammation, proliferation, and maturation/ remodeling. Content includes an overview of comprehensive patient assessment, such as physical, nutritional, and environmental risk factors for the onset and delayed healing of chronic wounds. The course will cover three major categories of chronic wounds: pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers (wound due to arterial and/ or venous insufficiency), and diabetic neuropathic ulcers. Discussion will incorporate factors that impede wound closure including the impact of compromised circulation in the development of ischemia, hypoxia, infection, denervation, edema, and the accumulation of necrotic debris.  Participants will also engage in differential assessment and treatment planning. Case studies will highlight appropriate management of chronic wounds through a variety of interventions, such as debridement, choice of topical agents and dressings, negative pressure wound therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and hyperbaric oxygen.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the wound healing cascade: inflammation, proliferation, and maturation/ remodeling, as well as differences between normal and abnormal healing processes. 
  • Identify intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for the development of chronic wounds and delayed healing, including advanced age, compromised circulation, and sedentary lifestyle. 
  • Perform differential assessment of chronic wounds: arterial, venous, pressure wounds, and neuropathic ulcers.
  • Formulate an appropriate strategy for prevention and management of chronic wounds through a variety of interventions including choice of debridement method, topical agents, dressings, and adjunctive modalities.
  • Provide comprehensive patient education for prevention and self-management of chronic wounds, based on individual risk factors.
  • Reassess and revise treatment strategy based on clinical presentation and rate of wound closure.
  • Review current evidence as a basis for clinical decision making, and identify need for future research in the field of chronic wound management.


Course Agenda


7:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AMIntroduction: Skin Structure and Function
The Wound Healing Cascade and Characteristics of Chronic Wounds
8:55 AMBreak
9:00 AMWound Measurement and Assessment
Review of Important Lab Values and Nutritional Factors in Wound Management
9:55 AMBreak
10:00 AMDebridement
"Dressing for Success"
10:55 AMBreak
11:00 AMDifferential Assessment of Chronic Wounds: Pressure Ulcers
Use of the National Pressure Ulcer Association Guidelines for Staging Wounds
12:15 PMLUNCH (on your own)
1:00 PMAssessment and Management of Vascular Ulcers:
Wounds Due to Arterial and/ or Venous Insufficiency
1:55 PMBreak
2:00 PMAssessment and Management of Diabetic Neuropathic Ulcers
2:55 PMBreak
3:00 PMThe Use of Adjunctive Modalities in Wound Management:
Negative pressure therapy, phototherapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation
3:55 PMBreak
4:00 PMEvidence-Based Practice in Wound Care
Case Studies and Questions
5:15 PMAdjourn

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Contact Info

Renietta Dias
PTS Program Director
743 Trago Creek Drive
Ballwin MO 63021

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