Nursing CE Foot Care Credits - Basics of Wound Care
This video is intended for nurses and other providers who are preparing to become certified in routine foot care, whether the goal is to switch into the field or simply add additional skills to the repertoire. This video provides 2.5 Nursing CEs.
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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 stay certified in foot care, 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.
Dr. Julia has specialized in wound care for most of her career, and many things have changed since then. Unfortunately, there's no shortage of antiquated ideas when it comes to foot, nail and wound care. As a trained nurse, you'll be able to bring accurate knowledge and evidence based treatment to patients who formerly didn't have access to professional nail care outside of the occasional visit to a podiatrist. Routine nail care administered by a trained professional will ensure that patients will receive the proper treatments they should be entitled to, in a timely manner.
One of the most wonderful things about science is that, research never stops and medical methodologies are continually improving. Today we'll be discussing modern fundamentals of wound care with you in order to inform nurses of today's proven techniques for professional patient treatments. In this video, we'll touch on the phases of wound healing and how these vary among patients. Since wound healing isn't static, there are many factors than can disrupt the transition from one phase to another. Here, we'll discuss such factors, including cold and dry wounds, and why it's so critical for foot care nurses to be able to identify potential hurdles to healing early on.
Once you've watched this video, you'll be able to understand why optimal wound moisture balance is important, what role complete debridement of devitalized and poorly functioning tissues play in healing, how to restore a bacterial balance and how to treat edema/lymphedema to optimize cellular function.
We'll cover proper cleansing, including which products to use and when wound cleansing is necessary. We'll also provide information for the frequency of dressing changes, the impact dressing changes have on bacteria and how long each dressing should be worn. Because, as you are treating wounds, it'll be critical for you to be able to identify potentially serious issues such as infections and necrotization, we'll also provide you with in-depth information regarding the clinical appearance of wounds and how these wounds commonly occur.
Wounds can manifest in various ways and as a foot care nurse, it'll be up to you to determine which dressings are appropriate for which wounds. This video provides real-life examples for a wide range of common leg and foot wounds including granulating wounds, slough, wounds with craters and dry wounds. We'll present various types of products you're able to apply to add or help restore moisture to dry wound beds; adversely, you'll also learn methods for removing or pulling away moisture or wound drainage. Finally, we'll talk about the importance of compression therapy and when this type of therapy is needed and appropriate.