Week 4 | Topical Products - Part 2 (16181-SP)

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Complexity of Managing Wounds 

Process of Wound Management 

  • Review steps to thorough assessment
  • Evaluate all components of the wound
  • Prepare wound for dressing material
  • Apply correctly selected product

Review of Principles of Wound Management

  • Moisture level
  • Pearls for closure

Making Product decisions

Wound Cleansing Recommendations

Topical Product Categories

Terminology in Dressings 

Product Category Information 

  • Alginates
  • Collagen
  • Composites
  • Contact Layers
  • Enzymatic Debrider
  • Exudate Absorbers
  • Foams
  • Gauze Products
  • Hydrocolloids
  • Hydrofiber
  • Hydrogels
  • Specialty Items
  • Transparent Films
  • Antimicrobials
    • Silver Based Dressings
    • Cadexomer Iodine
    • PHMB
    • Honey Based Products
    • Hydrofera Blue

Compression Materials

  • Different types
  • Varying Layers
  • Specific Category Information

 Establishing a Formulary


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of wound management that begin with a comprehensive patient assessment, into a topical management plan. 
  2. Discuss the importance of maintaining a moist wound healing environment in product choice. 
  3. Identify wound product categories. 
  4. Describe the actions/indications for each product category. 
  5. Identify the approach to determine appropriate wound product selection. 
  6. Discuss steps necessary to establish a product formulary. 
Course summary

Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON
Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse; Co-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

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