Module C: Treatments and Interventions

CE Credits: 1.75

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This module explores the factors that healthcare professionals must weigh as they choose the best treatment method for a particular wound. First, it looks at the advances in wound bed preparation (WBP), including the change in thinking from dry to moist wound beds; the best methods of debridement (from surgery to controversial methods such as maggots and leeches); and the best practices in wound dressings (such as foam, composite and silver dressings). The module then looks at different technologies—from bioengineered skin substitutes (skin grafting) to negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) or hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy—that can promote healing.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Review the importance of ongoing wound assessments
» Describe the steps associated with wound bed preparation
» Identify types and attributes of wound dressings
» Discuss bioengineered skin substitutes
» Describe negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)
» Review other therapeutic interventions

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Advance your professional practice: By understanding the current methods regarding wound treatment—and how the understanding of wound care has changed in recent decades—case managers can be the most effective advocates for our patients.

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Improve organizational performance: Because wounds—and particularly chronic wounds—can become lengthy and costly health crises for both patients and healthcare organizations, it is vital that healthcare professionals understand the pros and cons of different treatment methods, so that we can offer the most effective treatment and reduce the negative outcomes from such wounds.