Wound management is an ever-present challenge for health professionals as risk factors for acute and chronic wounds become more and more prevalent in the population. Prevention and care planning require a strong foundation in the principles of wound management and evidence-based clinical practice.
This comprehensive online course—newly revised in 2023—provides health professionals with the essential tools to confidently practice evidence-based wound management within an interprofessional team. The course is taught over six weeks, followed by a one-week exam period. You will apply theory using visual case examples, interactive assessments, and collaborative discussion. Expect to spend 4-6 hours of study time each week. The main course concepts include:
assessment and care planning for acute, chronic, and surgical wounds
wound care product and dressing selection
wound healing and prevention
advocacy and evidence-based practice
patient-professional collaboration and education
Describe the wound prevention and management cycle and phases of wound healing
Explain the anatomy and physiology of skin and soft tissue and internal and external factors that affect wound healing
Explain principles of wound assessment and wound management, including infection prevention, assessment, and treatment
Describe the process of wound bed preparation, including methods of debridement
Classify factors contributing to skin damage, and identify best practices to prevent and manage skin damage
Identify signs and symptoms of wound infection and interventions for treating infection
List indications and contraindications for use of the range of wound care products
Use principles of evidence-based care to evaluate and apply evidence to your clinical environment
Identify attributes of change agents and demonstrate steps to propose implementation of a change in your workplace
Compare and contrast a collaborative approach to patient-clinician communication and care planning with a compliance-based approach, and identify strategies for effective patient education
You will have access to the Orientation to Online Learning course. This self-paced orientation will help prepare you for the Wound Management for Health Professionals Level I online course. The resources and activities in the orientation will help you learn to navigate the online learning platform, access University resources and become confident learning online.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
Refunds are subject to administrative fee of $75 up until the start of the course. No refund will be issued after the start of the course.