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Wound Care Part 3: Types of Wounds (w/ CE credit)

Stephanie Struyck Elgin
Author | Shield HealthCare
08/01/18  4:02 PM PST
wound care part 3

This free course has already taken place. Contact your local Shield HealthCare representative about scheduling this course as an in-service in your facility.

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0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit is available for this course, Wound Care Part 3: Types of Wounds (w/Video)

There are two types of wounds – acute and chronic.

Acute wounds are defined as disruptions in the integrity of the skin and underlying tissues that heal uneventfully with time. These lesions go through stages of healing in a timely manner and generally have minimal to no complications.

Chronic wounds, however, fail to complete the cycle of healing within two to four weeks despite interventions. This can be due to patient comorbidities or lifestyle choices, or the characteristics of the wound itself.

An estimated 67 million individuals worldwide suffer from long term lesions. Some of the most common types of lesions are pressure injuries, also known as pressure ulcers, venous wounds, arterial wounds and lesions associated with diabetes.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the two main types of wounds: acute and chronic
  • Identify, assess and prevent pressure ulcers
  • List different factors that contribute to pressure ulcers
  • Describe the causes, risk factors, signs, symptoms and prevention strategies for wounds associated with diabetes

Who Should Take this Course?

This activity was developed for nurses and other healthcare professionals who need information about assessing wounds and documenting wound care.

How to Start

Create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. Once you’ve logged in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Select the course to begin.

Create an Account & Start the Course 

Upon completion you have the option to take the course post-test. A score of 80% or higher will qualify you for your certificate of completion which you can print for your records.

Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year. A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.

Continuing Education Credit

0.5 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # 50-1285).