Fundamentals of Wound Care Case Studies
This is part 2 of the Wound Care Fundamentals series. Purchase and download part 1 here.
This video provides 1.5 continuing education credits for nurses and other health care providers who are preparing to become certified or re-certified in routine foot care. Our videos cover a range of topics relevant to the field of routine foot care, which you will be able to apply in your existing career or use to move into a different health care environment. If your goal is to work independently as a foot care provider, check out our video that explains all of the ins and outs of marketing your own practice.
This is a downloadable video. We will send you a link for the download shortly after receiving your payment. To receive 1.5 Nursing CEs, please also complete the accompanying online test.
The American Foot Care Nurses Association provides foot care certifications for routine care. To become certified via AFCNA, nurses are required to complete 25 hours of CE materials, such as videos, and 20 hours of hands-on training.
To keep your existing foot care certification, nurses must have a copy of your current nursing license, proof of completion of at least 25 CEs directly related to foot care completed within the 24 month period, and a log of at least 50 hours of client/patient foot care. An additional test will not be required.
All AFNCA continuing education videos are also accepted by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society as credit.
After a review of wound etiology, wound appearance and wound dressing options, this video will take a deep dive into a range of patient case studies.
In this section, we'll discuss wound etiology in the context of foot care. The patient wounds you'll see as a basic foot care provider will generally fall into one of three categories: arterial, venous and neuropathic. Understanding the reasons behind the wound will help you to make the most appropriate assessment for wound care.
Many of our patients will have multiple comorbidities, so it's critical for foot care providers to assess the patient's condition based on a clinical assessment of the sizes, shapes and locations of wounds. Understanding the most common wounds for venous and non-venous conditions will help you to determine when to send your patient for an additional checkups and who to best refer them to.
There are a range of dressings and wound care methods available, and being able to provide the right treatment the first time will depend on your knowledge of the type of wound you're dealing with. In this section, we'll complete a refresher on primary wound dressing and secondary wound dressings, and the goal of each type of dressing.
Patient Case Studies
The bulk of the video will be comprised of examinging various cases of real patients who have experienced foot and leg wounds and been in Dr. Overstreet's care. We'll identify slough, necrotic tissue, infected tissue, granulating tissue and epithelializing tissue, and provide ample real-life examples of each.
For each care study, you'll learn about the cause of the wound, the treatment the patient was receiving at the time of first visit, the workup he received in the wound clinic. To help you become familiar with the examination process, Dr. Julia will detail every step of the patient's workup, with in-depth explanations for why the step was taken and what the resulting assessment was.
Finally, you'll learn which dressing was used; why and how. Each case study also includes several post-treatment pictures and additional procedures the patient underwent while in the care of Dr. Overstreet.