Wound Dressings


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

23 Jan 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

The skin is the body's largest organ and is pivotal in maintaining physiological balance and protection against the external environment. When the skin is compromised due to wounds, a complex healing process is triggered by various cell types and microenvironments. Choosing the proper wound dressing is crucial to accelerate healing, reduce treatment costs, and improve the patient's overall well-being. However, the array of available wound dressings can pose a challenge, especially when healthcare professionals have different educational backgrounds. Proper wound care is essential to prevent adverse consequences.

This educational activity explores the fundamental aspects of wound care assessment and provides an in-depth exploration of wound dressing materials. This activity also defines wounds, their potential to heal, and the various factors impeding the healing process, particularly in patients with comorbidities. This course explores the 3 critical phases of wound healing, from the initial inflammatory response to the maturation of the extracellular matrix. Participants learn to perform comprehensive wound assessments and consider crucial factors when selecting wound dressings, such as exudate management, maintaining a moist environment, ease of application, cost-effectiveness, and treatment duration. By the end of this course, healthcare professionals will be better equipped to make informed decisions, ultimately enhancing wound care outcomes and patients' quality of life.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify various types of wounds and recognize the importance of wound assessment in determining appropriate dressing options.

  • Develop an understanding of the differences among wound dressings commonly used. 

  • Determine the appropriate wound dressing in various clinical scenarios. 

  • Implement effective collaboration among interprofessional team members to improve outcomes and treatment efficacy for patients with chronic wounds. 


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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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