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“Wound Bed Preparation—Removal of the Barriers to Healing”

HealthTrust and L&R USA Inc. present…

“Wound Bed Preparation—Removal of the Barriers to Healing”

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Chronic wounds are more than wounds that have been present for an extended period of time. Current thinking more accurately describes a chronic wound as one that has become stuck in a prolonged state of inflammation. Inflammation can be perpetuated due to the presence of bacteria and ultimately bacterial biofilm; the presence of necrotic tissue; and/or a hostile environment replete with proteases and toxins. While not new, the concept of wound bed preparation is more critical than ever today as patients with chronic wounds often exhibit comorbid conditions that play an additional role in negatively impacting the ability of a wound to heal.

This session will offer information from numerous studies that have shown how debridement improves wound healing. The presenter will also explore challenges with achieving debridement, including pain and trauma for the patient as well as access to providers which offer instrument debridement to enhance other methods such as autolytic, enzymatic, mechanical and bio-surgical. Also discussed will be methodologies for returning a wound bed to a state of readiness to heal, including attention to removing or mitigating those factors that interfere with healing.

Learning objectives

At the end of this session participants should be able to…

  1. Explain wound bed preparation, challenges with biofilm and other factors preventing healing
  2. Describe effective methods for debridement
  3. Evaluate different wound care methodologies for the best possible patient outcomes


Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS — Catholic Health Advanced Wound Healing Centers

Target audience: Nursing, Surgery, Wound Care

Continuing Education Credit – 1.0 live contact hour for nurses. This program provides 1.0 contact hours through the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To receive contact hours you must be present for the entire event.

Note: Pre-registration is required. Each attendee much register and log in individually the day of the event in order to be eligible for CE credit. There is no group credit available.