Thermal Injuries and Ulcers Resulting from Integumentary Alterations - N1806


About Course #N1806

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Integumentary injuries can result from a number of environmental factors and conditions intrinsic to the person. Edema, lymphedema, neuropathy, thermal insults and malignant conditions can cause tissue injury and in the presence of comorbid conditions produce wounds or ulcers that negatively affect a person's life and present a challenge to treat.

The wound management for each of these types of wounds requires an interdisciplinary team approach. Although nurses remain the primary professionals providing direct care and education to patients, collaboration with colleagues is key in formulating appropriate and individualized plans of care. Patients and their caregivers trust healthcare providers, especially nurses, to be knowledgeable and well-informed. The holistic approach to successful wound care is representative of the nursing discipline's approach to care delivery. Nurses must be aware that the impact of the wounds discussed in this course can have a profound effect on the patient related to image, self-esteem, quality of life, and also effects the family and caregivers.

This course provides nurses with key concepts and principles vital to the care plan for patients with thermal injuries or ulcers resulting from alterations of the integumentary system. The assessment and management of edema, lymphedema, neuropathic ulcers, and thermal injuries are discussed as well as the palliative care needs of the patient with a malignant wound.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with course #N1737 - Wound Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses.

About the Author(s)

Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN, has over 25 years of experience in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Akron and a Master of Science degree with a minor in education from the University of Phoenix. She is the current program director of the R.B. Turnbull, Jr. MD School of WOC Nursing Education at Cleveland Clinic. Linda also serves the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society; in a variety of roles and is the current President-elect of the WOCN; Mideast Region. She has authored or coauthored publications on stoma construction, fistula management, and WOC nursing subjects, and presented on a variety of wound management topics.

Barbara J. Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN, graduated from St. John College with her BSN in 1978. She attended the R.B. Turnbull School of WOC Nursing in 1982. She received her MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Barbara has worked at a tertiary care facility in the acute care and outpatient areas as staff, clinical manager of the ostomy/fistula team, and now serves as the Assistant Director of the R. B. Turnbull, Jr. School of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education. She has published on WOC nursing topics and is a past section editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She has presented on a variety of ostomy and wound care topics locally, nationally, and internationally.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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