Wound Care

Cathy Thomas Hess, RN, BSN, CWOCN

Course Description


This new edition has everything you need to select and use the most appropriate product for any wound plus the facts you need to speed wound healing.

Expanded coverage of wound care principles:

  • Full chapters devoted to pressure ulcers, arterial and venous ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers
  • Latest CWOCN certification guidelines and evidence-based standards of practice
  • Assessment, documentation, treatment, and prevention
  • New chapter on the important role of nutrition in wound healing
  • Updated legal counsel and and payment directives

More product information:

  • Profiles of more than 280 wound care products
  • Complete usage details- manufacture, available sizes, HCPCS billing codes, action, indication, contraindications, application and removal steps
  • More than 180 additional products in a quick-consult chart
  • All product categories tabbed for easy location
  • Alginates, collagens, hydrogels, foams, hydrocolloids, wound fillers, surgical supplies, gauze, compression bandage systems, and much much more


  • Product photographs
  • Wound assessment tools
  • Treatment algorithms
  • Manufacturer resource guide

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the anatomy of the skin and point out the two layers and various strata.
  2. Classify wounds, ulcers and burns by their characteristics.
  3. List 6 functions of the skin.
  4. Explain the three-phase wound healing process.
  5. Describe 3 types of wound repair.
  6. Identify local and systemic factors that impede wound healing.
  7. List 5 most common wound-healing complications.
  8. List 7 factors that you should include in assessing and documenting wounds.
  9. Describe 3 types of wound classification systems.
  10. Understand wound etiology based on cause, underlying medical conditions and treatment to date.
  11. Classify wounds by stages, thickness and color.
  12. Distinguish among arterial, diabetic and venous ulcers on the basis of predisposing factors,
  13. Demonstrate wound depth measuring technique.
  14. Explain wound and skin assessment technique.
  15. Define the goal in wound care.
  16. List 6 parameters that you would consider in selecting an ideal dressing.
  17. Demonstrate swab-culturing technique.
  18. List 4 common antiseptic solutions, their actions and special considerations in their application.
  19. Demonstrate irrigating with a piston syringe and catheter.
  20. Describe and distinguish between enzymatic and mechanical debridement.
  21. Demonstrate wound-cleaning technique.
  22. Demonstrate the technique for packing a wound and outline the procedure for wound pouching.
  23. Outline 6 guidelines to apply a new dressing.
  24. Identify 15 categories of patients who are at risk for pressure ulcers.
  25. Point out common pressure ulcer sites in various anatomic locations that are susceptible to pressure ulcer formation.
  26. Describe at least 3 commonly-used scales for pressure ulcer formation risk assessment.
  27. Guide through an algorithm to effectively assess, plan, intervene and evaluate wounds.
  28. Prescribe a turning and repositioning schedule for the patient.
  29. Provide 9 interventions to effectively manage a pressure ulcer.
  30. Compare 6 classes of support surfaces in managing pressure ulcers.
  31. Select appropriate support surfaces to match the patient’s needs.
  32. Explain advantages and disadvantages of support surfaces.
  33. List at least 12 categories under which wound care products are grouped.
  34. Select a wide assortment of wound care products in 12 categories, such as alginates, collagens, foams, hydrogels, etc.
  35. For each wound care product identify the manufacturer, and describe how it is supplied, its action, indications, contraindications, application and removal.

Course Contents

Part I – Wound Care and Prevention

  1. Fundamentals of wound healing
  2. Nutrition assessment and therapy
  3. Pressure ulcers
  4. Venous and arterial ulcers
  5. Diabetic foot ulcers
  6. Wound assessment, documentation, and outcome management
  7. Legal and payment issues

Part II – Wound Care Products

    • Overview
    • Alginates
    • Collagens
    • Composites
    • Contact layers
    • Foams
    • Hydrocolloids
    • Hydrogels
    • Specialty absorptives
    • Surgical supplies, miscellaneous
    • Transparent films
    • Wound fillers
    • Other products
    • Overview
    • Products

Part III – Additional Dressings and Products

  • Overview
  • Abdominal dressing holders and binders
  • Compression bandage systems
  • Elastic bandage rolls
  • Gauze, impregnated with other than water, normal saline, or hydrogel, without adhesive border
  • Gauze, impregnated with water or normal saline, without adhesive border
  • Gauze, nonelastic rolls
  • Gauze nonimpregnated with adhesive border
  • Gauze, nonimpregnated, without adhesive border
  • Tapes
  • Wound cleansers
  • Wound pouches


  1. Body mass index
  2. Braden scale
  3. Wagner ulcer grade classification
  4. Treatment algorithm for pressure ulcers
  5. Treatment algorithm for arterial ulcers
  6. Treatment algorithm for venous ulcers
  7. Treatment algorithm for diabetic ulcers
  8. Treatment algorithm for diabetic ulcer wound care

Manufacturer resource guide

Selected references


Customer Comments

“Book is packed with info. Thank you.”

– J.H., Wrightwood, CA

“This was excellent – It really helped me update – especially all the new (to me) products available for wound care.”

– J.M., Upper Sandusky, OH