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Wound Care: Dressing, Positioning, Pressure Relief, & Risk Reduction

presented by Wendy K. Anemaet

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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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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. Maintaining a Moist Wound Bed: Dressings

This chapter builds on the four step method of managing wounds by describing various types of dressings that can be used to enhance wound healing by maintaining a moist wound bed. The implications of each type of dressing are discussed and the importance of being able to accurately select an appropriate dressing is stressed.

2. Protecting the area: Positioning and Pressure Relief Devices

This chapter describes methods of positioning to prevent undue stress on the wound. In addition, pressure relieving devices are discussed to assist in minimizing pressure during sitting and sleep. By protecting the wound, clinicians prevent trauma to the area and speed wound healing.

3. Risk Assessment for Pressure Ulcers

This chapter describes two tools, The Braden Scale and the Norton Assessment, used to determine an individual’s risk for developing a pressure ulcer. By assessing each patient for risk, clinicians can intervene early to prevent the development of pressure wounds.

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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.

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