2018 Agenda

Day One

7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Soft Tissues, Wound Healing

Review the anatomy, structure, and function of the skin and underlying tissues.

Explain the function of the skin and soft tissues, and the normal changes with aging.

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Arterial Wounds

Review the pathophysiology, signs, and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease and conditions associated with the disease.

Review the diagnosis of arterial disease, criteria for referral to vascular surgery and interventions (endovascular and surgical).

10:20 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Ulcers

Describe specific interventions for chronic venous insufficiency and ulcerations

Implement initial evaluation and patient-centered management strategies for patients with chronic venous insufficiency

11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.


Associate the anatomy of the vascular system to the pathophysiology of lymphedema.

Identify long-term management options for patients with lymphedema.

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Assessing the Evidence

Assess research and evidence related to wound management.

Employ techniques from controlled trials, case studies and cohort studies to translate current best evidence into clinical practice.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pressure Ulcers

Review the epidemiology, pathogenesis and stages of pressure ulcers.

Outline specific interventions for pressure ulcer prevention and management of pressure, shear, friction and moisture.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Review burn types based on the mechanism of injury.

Determine the best course of treatment for optimal outcomes in patients with burns.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Recognize underlying mechanisms of the effects of diabetes on wound healing and comprehensive assessment and physical examination.

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Atypical Wounds

Recognize the importance of accurate diagnosis of atypical wounds.

Identify the clinical presentation of many atypical wounds and some associated treatment interventions.

Day Two

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Assessment and Documentation

Define the fundamental elements of a holistic evaluation of the patient with an open wound.

List the key components of a thorough wound assessment and recommendations for accurate documentation.

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Discuss nutritional factors and the underlying deficiencies that impact wound healing.

Employ the strategies to improve a patient's wound healing with protein supplements, vitamins, minerals and alternate feeding methods.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Assessment and Management of Bioburden

Recognize common skin and soft tissue infections.

Identify clinical and laboratory techniques for evaluating wounds for infection.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Hyperbaric Oxygen 

Evaluate the use of HBOT therapy in chronic wound care.

Describe the primary goals, therapeutic uses and contraindications of HBOT. 

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Summarize psychological considerations on wound healing including pain, immobility, cognition, learning style, palliative care, family support system and adherence.

Relate the psychosocial and cognitive aspects to patient outcomes in wound repair.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Define the spectrum of debridement (i.e., surgical/sharp, chemical, mechanical, biological and autolysis) modalities and their appropriate selection based on wound characteristics and patient conditions.

Determine the appropriate time course for debridement.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Topical Management

Describe various topical therapeutic interventions including cleansing solutions, standard and advanced dressings.

Compare and contrast the various categories of wound care dressings and the various functions of each.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Biophysical Agents

Describe complimentary/adjunctive electrotherapeutic interventions that facilitate wound healing.

Review the use of electrical stimulation, high- and low-frequency ultrasound, negative pressure therapy, light therapy and pulsed lavage with suction in treatment of open wounds.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Test Taking Strategies

Engage in a highly interactive review of the course content using multiple choice questions and photographs of different types of wounds for process questions and answers.

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Practice Exams and Wrap-Up

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