Impaired Wound Healing


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Wounds of all shapes and sizes have plagued patients and created a significant burden on their caretakers. It has long been noticed that some patient factors are more likely to be associated with better wound healing. Likewise, certain wound types have been noted to be associated with a better prognosis than others. Until recently, there has been little scientific evidence regarding the risk factors and characteristics, both positive and negative, responsible for wound healing behaviors. This activity will review factors that lead to poor wound healing and the latest advances in their care. It will also address how an interprofessional team can provide coordinated care to provide better outcomes in the care of patients with wounds.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe factors that are associated with better wound healing.
  • Identify the wounds that are likely to experience impaired healing.
  • Summarize the recent advances in wound care and treatments available.
  • Explain how use of an interprofessional team leads to better outcomes in the care of wounds.


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    I am a little confused. I am not sure where some of the self assessment questions are coming from but could not find most of them or any content that was even associated with them, any where in the reading. This is not the first time I have had trouble with a self assessment. Please explain where some of these questions come from and/or how we as readers are supposed to know some of these answers without having to Google them.

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