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Wound Healing: Wound Management

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

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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.

Meet Your Instructor

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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