Online Course
Wound Care Physiotherapy Programme
Learn about the challenging and dynamic practice area of wound care and integumentary physiotherapy

6-8 hours

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Dana Palmer
Course instructor

Dr. Dana Palmer specialises in the integumentary system, wound healing, and amputation prevention

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Introduction

Chronic wounds are a growing problem worldwide. An estimated 1-2% of the world’s population will experience a persistent wound and its morbidity in their lifetime. Prevalence in those older than 65 increases to 3.6%, and in those older than 80, it is more than 5%. While lifestyle factors in high-income countries can contribute to increased prevalence, so too can a lack of resources in low- and middle-income countries. Physiotherapists have a unique skill set that lends itself to wound care. The time spent with patients combined with their knowledge base and critical thinking skills allow physiotherapists to see the big picture; they not only provide care but coordinate resources and referrals. In this programme, Dana Palmer will cover key aspects of wound identification, assessment, personalised management, and prevention from a physiotherapy perspective.

Aims

This programme of courses will equip you to identify and assess different types of wounds, develop individual treatment programmes, and provide education and resources on prevention and further management. This programme aims to address multiple facets of care, including factors to consider in areas with limited resources or unreliable access.

The role that physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals play in wound care will vary by region, practice act and scope of practice, and it is important to be informed about the regulations where you practice. If you are not involved with wound care directly it is still important to understand wound care principles to consider during patient assessment and management and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Outline

This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Skin Anatomy, Physiology and Healing
  2. Characteristics and Identification of Arterial and Venous Insufficiency Ulcers
  3. Characteristics and Identification of Neuropathic Wounds, Pressure Injuries and Non-healing Surgical Wounds
  4. Factors Affecting Wound Healing
  5. Basic Wound Assessment

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

Practicalities

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 6-8 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 6.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.