Venous, Lymphedema and Arterial Wounds, The Challenge of Pain and Chronicity (1.2 CNE)

11-16-2018 10:07


Venous, Lymphedema and Arterial wounds are prevalent and require accurate assessment, differential diagnosis and careful medical and surgical management. The pain, restricted activity, frequent need for healthcare interaction and high cost of treatment have tremendous impact on the patient for life. Inaccurate assessment can lead to poor wound management and wound chronicity. Moist wound healing is the mainstay of topical treatment. Advanced dressing technologies manage moisture levels and reduce dressing change, frequency, and pain. Adjunctive therapies, recommended if wound healing does not reach 50% reduction within 4 weeks, are introduced.

Learning Objectives


After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:
         • List 4 factors contributing to lower extremity wound chronicity
         • For venous, lymphedema and arterial ulcers, describe the:
              - Prevalence
              - Pathophysiology
              - Impact Clinical presentation
              - Management
         • List 4 key principles of wound management that help reduce chronicity
         • Explain the detrimental effect of wound pain on healing
         • Explain 4 key attributes of a dressing that promote healing, prevent pain and reduce costs of wound care

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