Online Education | UW Wound Academy
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, simulations and self-assessment questions.
You may register and earn credit at no cost. The fee listed is for record-keeping purposes only and is deducted at checkout.
Review and Update Information
This series regularly undergoes review and updating. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for making it a valuable resource for you and your colleagues. Latest review and update of the first eight modules: January 2019.
Second Edition Coming in 2019! The UW Wound Academy, Second Edition will include a new module on Lower Extremity Arterial Wounds. The two modules, Wound Infection and Role of Collagen in Wound Healing, will be discontinued. (Content from these modules is being added to other modules.) Check back for the new edition in the summer of 2019!
"I loved the visuals and animations."
"Pathophysiologic basics are incorporated with the immune system content."
"I know from my own experience that it is VERY difficult to get quality, current information at low cost... thank you for providing this for free."
"I found this course so helpful! When I took it, I had newly graduated from a major university, but I hadn't worked in three years. I was previously an LPN, and it not only helped me provide safe and effective wound care, it made my resume stronger, helping make up for my three years of unemployment...So thank you!"
To earn contact hours, complete the learning activities, post-test and evaluation for each module. You can take each post-test as many times as needed to achieve the required score of 80%. You can print a certificate at any time for the modules you have successfully completed.
Healthcare professionals and other individuals involved in the care, management and treatment of patients with wounds.
Objectives for Learning Outcomes
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 Bed Preparation
- Wound Assessment
- Lower Extremity Venous Wounds
- Pressure Injury: A Guide to Prevention
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Prevention and Management
- Dressing Selection
- Wound Infection (This module is being discontinued in 2019 and relevant information moved to other modules.)
- The Role of Collagen in Wound Healing (This module is being discontinued in 2019 and relevant information moved to other modules.)
UWCNE gratefully acknowledges the following support:
- Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Organogenesis. This grant supports in part the development of the UW Wound Academy, 2nd Edition (2019) and the underwriting of free registration/contact hour certificates. Registration is FREE at checkout.
- Supported by a previous unrestricted educational grant from Smith and Nephew, Inc. This grant supported in part the development of the UW Wound Academy and granted permission to UWCNE to independently update, edit and use as source material selected educational content/graphics from the Global Wound Academy.
Editors, Authors and Planning Committee
- Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON
Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse; Director, Wound Management Education Program (WMEP) and Wound Management Fundamentals Course (WMFC), Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle; President, Rainier Clinical Consultants, Inc, Seattle, WA
- Martha DuHamel, MPH
Former Assistant Dean for Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA
- Betty Hanrahan, MSN, CNS, ARNP-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, FACCWS, CFCN
Certified Wound Care Nurse; Emerita Co-Director, Wound Management Education Program (WMEP) and Wound Management Fundamentals Course (WMFC), Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle; Fellow, College of Certified Wound Specialists
- Patricia Merry, BA
Director of Public Information and Web Development, Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA
- Joan Riesland, MEd, BSN, RN
Program Lead and Lead Nurse Planner, Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA
- JoAnne Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington School of Nursing; Harborview Medical Center Research Scientist and Endowed Professor in Critical Care Nursing, Seattle, WA
Original source material for the UW Wound Academy was developed for the Global Wound Academy by Smith and Nephew, Inc. in the early 2000s. In 2014, Smith and Nephew donated the source material to UWCNE as part of an unrestricted educational grant to expand access to wound management education. UWCNE was granted permission to use, review, edit, update and publish the material independently at its own discretion. The modules have been significantly revised and updated annually since 2014 by the editors, authors and planning committee listed above.
- 11.50 Contact hours
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