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Ch 11: Treating Wounds

About This Chapter

Take a look at this series of informative lessons and quizzes to boost your wound treatment knowledge. This mobile-friendly chapter is available at any time, and it can be used for work training or continuing education purposes.

Treating Wounds - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter examine treatments for many types of wounds. Follow along with our expert instructors to learn about a range of wound treatment topics, such as negative wound pressure therapy, wound packing, wound irrigation, cauterization and wound healing.

You can access the chapter at any time, and we encourage you to try the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exam to make sure you fully understand key terms and concepts. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have, and the chapter is accessible on any device that has an Internet connection.

How It Helps

These lessons are designed to help anyone who needs to learn or review essential information about wound treatment processes. Healthcare professionals can use this chapter in conjunction with continuing education or training materials.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize devices that are used in negative pressure wound therapy
  • Summarize the history of negative pressure wound therapy
  • Explain wound slough treatment
  • Break down the process of wound packing
  • Describe wound culture and wound irrigation procedures
  • Evaluate the uses of cauterization in medicine
  • Outline the stages of wound granulation
  • Understand wound healing and matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)
  • Identify factors that affect wound healing
  • Tell how wound blisters are treated after surgery

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: Treating Wounds
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Definition & Devices

1. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Definition & Devices

Many patients with various conditions develop wounds that are difficult to heal. This lesson is about negative pressure wound therapy, an innovative technique used in wound healing.

History of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

2. History of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative pressure wound therapy involves using a vacuum dressing to help promote wound healing. Learn about the history of negative pressure wound therapy and how this treatment was established.

Wound Slough: Definition, Healing & Treatment

3. Wound Slough: Definition, Healing & Treatment

Slough, a white or yellow covering on the base of the wound can prevent a wound from healing properly. Read this lesson to learn the common characteristics of slough and how to treat it to promote wound healing.

Wound Packing: Application, Materials & Removal

4. Wound Packing: Application, Materials & Removal

Wound packing is a technique used to treat large, open, or deep wounds. Read this lesson to learn the different types of packing materials, indications of use, and removal process.

Wound Culture: Collection & Procedure

5. Wound Culture: Collection & Procedure

A wound culture is a test to determine what specific microorganisms in a wound caused an infection. Learn all about the medical procedure in this lesson.

Cauterization in Medicine: Definition & Uses

6. Cauterization in Medicine: Definition & Uses

Cauterization in medicine is the practice of using heat to burn a part of the body in order to stop bleeding or remove tissue. Learn about this medical technique and how it is used in the medical field.

Wound Irrigation: Definition & Procedure

7. Wound Irrigation: Definition & Procedure

Wound irrigation is the act of flushing a wound with a gentle stream of liquid in order to remove dead tissue or other debris. Learn about this medical procedure.

Wound Granulation: Definition, Stages & Care

8. Wound Granulation: Definition, Stages & Care

Wound granulation refers to the new tissues and blood vessels that grow in a wound during the healing process. Learn about the definition, stages, and care for wound granulation.

Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP) & Wound Healing

9. Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP) & Wound Healing

In this lesson, we'll be learning about matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their role in the three phases of wound healing. Then, we'll look at how these proteins are dysregulated during disease states.

Factors that Affect Wound Healing

10. Factors that Affect Wound Healing

This lesson will describe some of the factors that affect wound healing. The factors we will focus on include those that slow down the healing process as well as those that speed it up.

Treatment for Wound Blisters After Surgery

11. Treatment for Wound Blisters After Surgery

Sometimes a person can suffer wound blisters from surgery. These blisters can be painful and could cause permanent scarring. Learn how to properly treat these wound blisters in order to decrease pain, improve healing, and prevent scarring.

First Aid for Cuts & Lacerations

12. First Aid for Cuts & Lacerations

Cuts and lacerations typically do not require emergency medical services for treatment. Read this lesson to learn how to effectively treat minor injuries to the skin with the use of first aid techniques.

First Aid for Fractures

13. First Aid for Fractures

Using the acronym R.I.C.E., First Aid for Fractures will cover basic steps one can take to support someone with a fracture and minimize further injury until medical care is obtained. We will be discussing care that can be provided anywhere and with easily accessible materials.

How to Treat a Compound Fracture: First Aid Response

14. How to Treat a Compound Fracture: First Aid Response

In this lesson we will review what a compound fracture is and how to provide first aid treatment by controlling bleeding, preventing infection and adapting the steps in R.I.C.E.

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