Module B: Complications in Wound Care

CE Credits: 1.25

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This module covers the various issues that can impede the healing of wounds. First, the module details the most common types of wounds— including typical healing process and classification systems—and the best practices for assessing wounds, from gathering the patient history to using relevant diagnostic tests (such as X-rays, ultrasounds or renal function tests). The module then explores the different co-morbid conditions that may contribute to wounds and their severity, as well as the risk assessment tools (such as the Norton and Braden scales) for pressure ulcers. Finally, the module looks at how case managers can assess the different kinds of pain associated with wounds, including visceral and neuropathic pain.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Describe the types and pathophysiology of wounds
» Discuss wound classification systems
» Identify key elements of the history and physical specifics to wound care
» List co-morbid conditions that increase risk and influence wound healing and management
» Identify patients at risk for pressure ulcers

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Advance your professional practice: By understanding the best assessments and most important risk factors related to wounds— especially preventable chronic wounds—case managers can be advocates for patients and use the most efficient assessments and interventions.

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Improve organizational performance: Because wounds are often caused or exacerbated by hospital stays—and therefore do not qualify for reimbursement—it is crucial that all transdisciplinary team members master the best practices for assessing wounds and offering interventions before those wounds become serious complications. By doing so, care teams can reduce the negative outcomes from such wounds and increase the hospital’s chances of being reimbursed for such care.