presented by Wendy K. Anemaet
This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.
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.
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 the University of South Florida. She is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Certified Wound Specialist, has a Geriatric Training Certificate, and serves on the editorial board of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. She has co-authored books on home health rehabilitation and has published hundreds of articles on home health therapy in peer-reviewed and trade publications. She provides training nationally on geriatric strengthening, therapeutic exercise, wound assessment and management, and competency testing for home health physical therapists on the drug regimen review and pharmacology. Wendy has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C). Her research interests focus on exercise and older adults and clinical practice related especially to home care.
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.
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.
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.