Occupational Therapy: Wound Healing Fundamentals for the Occupational Therapist

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About Course #I6376

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Expiration Date: October 9, 2021

This course reviews the anatomy of the skin, the physiology of wound healing for acute and chronic wounds, skin changes across the life span, and the implications of such changes for wound healing among older adults. The course also covers the phases and cellular processes of healing and addresses the forces - both intrinsic and extrinsic - that may limit wound healing. Armed with this knowledge, the clinician can better determine whether a wound is progressing properly and when to intervene with the appropriate cost-effective treatments.

This intermediate-level course describes several chronic wound types and acute burn injuries, wound assessment, and fundamental management strategies based on wound characteristics. It is designed for both the occupational therapist who is new to wound care and the practicing occupational therapist who would like a review of the fundamentals. This course provides the learner with a basic and foundational knowledge of wound healing and practical applications to guide clinical practice. The learner wishing to treat clients with wounds should further his or she training with more advanced courses on clinical topics.

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Client Factors; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation and Intervention

0.5 AOTA CEUs are awarded for successful completion of this course.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Quisberg, MPT, CWS, is a physical therapist and certified wound specialist at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her master's degree in physical therapy in 2000 from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University). She has practiced wound care for more than 15 years and has been a certified wound specialist for 11 years.

Shirley A. Blanchard, PhD, ABDA, OTR/L, FAOTA, FHDR, received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1975, her master's degree in physical education in 1983 from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and her PhD in educational psychology (health and human performance) in 2002 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Peer reviewer Holly Korzendorfer has disclosed that she serves as vice president of clinical business development at DermaRite Industries, a company that manufactures skin care products and distributes wound and nutrition products. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.
  • All other 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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