Maintaining skin integrity is a primary responsibility of nursing personnel. Impaired skin integrity, such as wounds, may occur as a result of trauma or surgery and whenever factors such as prolonged pressure, constant irritation of the skin, and immobility are present. Prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs are essential strategies for decreasing the prevalence of pressure ulcers and pain related to inflammation and infection.
The purpose/goal of this course is to describe the normal process of tissue healing, wound classifications, and methods of treatment as well as the risk factors, pathology, and treatments for pressure ulcers.
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following:
• Describe wounds and the physiology of wound healing.
• Differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary wound healing and types of drainage.
• Discuss factors that may impair or promote wound healing.
• Describe the various wound classifications.
• Describe the principles of wound assessment and care.
• Describe methods of monitoring wound drainage.
• Discuss the risk factors and pathogenesis of pressure ulcers.
• Identify preventive and treatment measures in clients at risk for pressure ulcer development.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 2.0 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 2.0 contact hours.
This activity is an online enduring material. Successful completion is achieved by reading and/or viewing the material(s), reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.
The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgement in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.
The estimated time to complete the activity is 2.0 hour(s).
This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.