IHN offers comprehensive online wound care training titles for CEU credit that are available 24/7, allowing staff to access the courses when convenient for them. Each course offers step by step instructions utilizing video, audio, and graphics to provide students an interesting, consistent and effective method for learning. Please check out our course titles below.
Wound Care: Physiology (0.5 contact hours)
Part 1 demonstrates how to explain the difference between acute and chronic wounds, describe each of the four stages of wound healing and describe each of the three types of wound healing (primary, secondary and tertiary intention). You will also learn how to identify the risk factors that can impede wound healing and describe the actions that nurses can take to ensure proper wound healing.
Wound Care: Assessment and Documentation (1 contact hour)
Part 2 demonstrates how to describe the importance of performing a medical and psychosocial history, and be able to complete that task. You will also learn how to perform a complete physical exam of a patient with a wound, perform a complete wound evaluation, including an assessment of the wound base, the surrounding tissues and assess and monitor wound complications.
Wound Care: Types of Wounds (0.5 contact hours)
Part 3 demonstrates how to differentiate between the two main types of wounds: acute and chronic. The student will learn to identify, assess, and prevent pressure ulcers, describe the different stages of pressure ulcers, list different factors that contribute to pressure ulcers and explain the risk factors and causes of venous wounds. You will also learn how to describe what can be done to prevent venous wounds, list the physical findings and prevention strategies for arterial wounds and describe the causes, risk factors, signs, symptoms and prevention strategies for wounds associated with diabetes.
Wound Care: Treatment Modalities (0.5 contact hours)
Part 4 teaches you how to choose the appropriate treatment modalities based on wound type and goal(s) for treatment, describe and perform appropriate wound bed preparation and explain the different types of sharp debridement. You will also learn how to describe the advantages and disadvantages of different types of wound dressings, explain how to properly perform a dressing change and how to define various treatment modalities, including negative pressure wound therapy, electrical stimulation, hyperbaric, and ultrasound therapy.