The UW Wound Academy is a series of interactive modules that promotes excellence in the care, management and treatment of wounds. The series progresses through basic concepts of wound assessment and wound healing and continues to more advanced topics including prevention and treatment of lower extremity venous ulcers, pressure injury, diabetic foot ulcers and dressing selection.
Teaching methods include readings, interactive diagrams and self-assessment questions.
Healthcare professionals and other individuals involved in the care, management and treatment of patients with wounds.
After completing this series, you will be better able to:
- Describe the structure and function of skin and blood in relation to wound healing.
- Explain mechanisms of wound healing.
- Define wound bed preparation and factors that help and hinder wound healing.
- Describe a systematic approach to the assessment of a wound.
- Describe the basic pathophysiology and management of venous ulcers.
- Identify risk factors and methods of improving tissue tolerance to prevent pressure injury.
- Explain the risk factors, assessment strategies and appropriate multidisciplinary management of the patient with a neuropathic/diabetic foot ulcer.
- Outline a systematic approach to dressing selection.
- Skin Structure and Blood Composition
- Mechanisms of Wound Healing
- Wound Assessment
- Wound Bed Preparation
- Lower Extremity Venous Wounds
- Lower Extremity Arterial Wounds
- Pressure Injury: A Guide to Prevention
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Prevention and Management
- Dressing Selection