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Treating Ulcers - Chapter Summary
This collection of simple and informative lessons covers important ulcer treatment methods. Follow along with our expert instructors to evaluate the symptoms and causes of different types of ulcers as well as the proper treatment methods for various ulcer types, including corneal, bleeding, venous and perforated ulcers. You'll also study the differences between these ulcer types and other ulcer-related conditions.
The chapter includes interactive self-assessment quizzes to help reinforce your understanding of the ulcer treatments you study. Study the lessons at any time that fits your schedule. If you have any questions, you can submit them to our instructors online. For your convenience, we've made the chapter material accessible on any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
How It Helps
This collection of training resources can help medical professionals or aspiring healthcare workers gain more insight into the treatment of ulcers. Working healthcare professionals may be able to use these lessons for continuing education purposes, or as a way to refresh their understanding of ulcer treatment methods.
By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Identify the causes and symptoms of common type of ulcers
- Understand proper treatment methods for several ulcer types, including sacral decubitus, Kennedy terminal, corneal, bleeding, venous, Curling's, perforated, Marjolin's and stercoral ulcers
- Differentiate between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
- Compare pressure ulcers and MASD wounds
- Recognize the differences between venous and arterial ulcers
1. Sacral Decubitus Ulcer: Staging & Treatment
Sacral decubitus ulcers are a certain type of wound located on the lower back at the bottom of the spine. Learn about how to stage and treat this type of ulcer.
2. Kennedy Terminal Ulcer: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
While the cause of Kennedy Terminal Ulcers is uncertain, health care providers must be prepared to care for these specific skin integrity issues at the end of life. Read this lesson to learn more about the likely cause, symptoms, and treatment of Kennedy Pressure Ulcers.
3. Corneal Ulcer: Symptoms & Treatment
A little white spot on your eye can lead to blindness? This lesson defines corneal ulcer. You're going to learn what a person feels when they have a corneal ulcer, what a doctor may see, and what treatments might be used to treat one.
4. Bleeding Ulcer: Symptoms & Causes
This lesson will alert you to the symptoms and the causes of bleeding ulcers, a potentially life-threatening condition. Caring for patients with this type of bleeding requires close monitoring and quick intervention if needed.
5. Bleeding Ulcer: Treatment & Surgery
This lesson will present the treatment options and surgical interventions for bleeding ulcers. Ulcer symptoms, causes of ulcers and ulcer emergencies will also be discussed.
6. Venous Ulcers: Definition, Cause & Treatment
Venous ulcers are the result of poor circulation and the pooling of blood in the legs. Read this lesson to learn more about the characteristics of venous ulcers, why they occur, and how to treat them.
7. Difference Between Arterial Ulcers & Venous Ulcers
There are several differences between arterial and venous ulcers, which are wounds located on the skin throughout the body. Learn about these differences in this lesson.
8. Curling's Ulcer: Symptoms, Assessment & Treatment
A Curling's ulcer is an ulcer to the duodenum, which is part of the small intestine. Learn about the symptoms, as well as how to assess and treat this type of ulcer.
9. Perforated Ulcer: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment
A perforated ulcer is a wound that burns through the wall of the stomach or other section of the gastrointestinal tract. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for perforated ulcers.
10. Marjolin's Ulcer: Definition, Causes & Treatment
Marjolin's ulcers are malignant or cancerous growths, usually occurring in burned tissue or other chronic wounds. Learn about Marjolin's ulcers, including the causes and treatments of this type of wound.
11. Stercoral Ulcer: Definition, Symptoms, Perforation & Treatment
Stercoral ulcers are located in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and result from prolonged constipation. Learn about the symptoms, complications, and treatments for stercoral ulcers.
12. Crohn's Disease vs. Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are similar diseases. In this lesson, we will help you differentiate between them. We will learn about symptoms, causes, and treatment as well.
13. MASD Wound vs. Pressure Ulcer
Moisture Associated Skin Damage (MASD) and pressure ulcers both affect skin integrity, but are very different in nature. Read this lesson to learn more about the specifics of each condition and how their treatments vary.
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