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Wound Healing: Wound Management

presented by Wendy K. Anemaet

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

How do you treat a wound? Should you always debride? What type of dressing should you use with debridement? Are modalities necessary? Is one modality better than another? There are a lot of treatment options out there for enhancing wound healing. Knowing how to manage a wound effectively involves a good assessment followed by a solid understanding of what is necessary for wound healing and what interventions can assist. This course provides a four step process for wound management and describes rationale and techniques for the first two steps (cleaning thee wound and creating the right wound environment) that will aid therapists in the home and other settings as they effectively and efficiently manage patients with wounds.

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Wendy K. Anemaet, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, CWS, GTC, COS-C

Dr. Wendy K. Anemaet, a physical therapist since 1989 in home health, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing, is an associate professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Aging Studies from…

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1. Four Steps to Wound Management: Cleaning the Wound

This chapter describes a four step process for effective wound management. It details the first step of wound cleansing and offers various intervention techniques to accomplish this including debridement (sharp, mechanical, enzymatic, and autolytic) and the use of cleansers, antiseptics, and antibiotics. Understanding how to clean and keep the wound clean is foundational for enhanced wound healing.

2. Creating the Right Environment: Pulsed Lavage, Vacuum Assisted Closure, Infrared Light Therapy, and Compression

This chapter details the use of modalities to create the right environment for healing by enhancing circulation and bringing the right cells to the area. It describes the use of pulsed lavage with suction, vacuum assisted closure, compression therapy, and infrared light. Understanding how each of these modalities works improves clinical decision making and leads to improved wound healing.

3. Creating the Right Environment: Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, and Ultraviolet Light Therapy

This chapter details the use of modalities to create the right environment for healing by enhancing circulation and bringing the right cells to the area. It describes the use of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and ultraviolet light. Understanding how each of these modalities works improves clinical decision making and leads to improved wound healing.

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How do you know when a wound is healing as it should and when it could use an intervention to help it along? Wound healing is an amazing process that occurs in similar fashion for all wounds whether they are open or closed, regardless of their causative factors. A patient who sprains her ankle will by and large go through the same wound healing process as someone who develops a pressure ulcer. Understanding what occurs during this process of wound healing aids therapists in making well informed decisions about whether or not to treat and how to treat. This course provides the background physiological information that will aid in assessing and intervening with people who have wounds. Acute and chronic wound healing are compared and contrasted providing, the information needed to enhance wound healing for practitioners in the home and other settings.

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How do you decide if you should treat a wound and what you should do for it? It all starts with a good assessment of the wound. Understanding the etiology of the wound, knowing the baseline status, and detecting prognostic factors aids therapists in making well informed decisions about whether or not to treat and how to treat wounds. This course provides assessment rationale and techniques that will aid therapists working with people who have wounds in the home and other settings.

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

How do you treat a wound? What type of dressing should you recommend? How do you protect the wound as it heals? Is there a way to reduce a patient’s risk for developing a wound? There are a lot of treatment options out there for enhancing wound healing. Knowing how to manage a wound effectively involves a good assessment followed by a solid understanding of what is necessary for wound healing and what interventions can assist. This course builds on the four step process for wound management and describes rationale and techniques for the last two steps (maintaining a moist wound bed and protecting the wound) that will aid therapists in the home and other settings as they effectively and efficiently manage patients with wounds.

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