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This program provides physicians, nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, pharmacists, and all other healthcare professionals with current information concerning secondary healing wounds and their treatment. The program also describes wound assessment, wound care, and problems associated with secondary healing wounds. To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the material below and any related reading
  • Study the terminology
  • Complete the learning activity
  • Complete the post test with a score of 80% or more, and follow the instructions for submitting your test for credit.

The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction.
  • The Four Basic Types of Wound Healing.
  • Secondary Healing (Contraction).
  • Allowing an Open Wound to Heal by Contraction.
  • Reasons for Opening a Wound Which Was Closed.
  • Clinical Wound Healing Problems.
  • Management of Open Wounds Healing by Secondary Intention.
  • Aspects of Patient Care Which Affect Wound Healing By Contraction.
  • Conclusion.

The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare professionals an understanding of secondary healing wounds, including assessment and treatments.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define the mechanisms involved during contraction of the wound margins during secondary healing of open wounds.
  • Describe situations which influence whether or not an open wound should be allowed to heal by contraction, or a closed wound reopened.
  • List at least six aspects of patient care which influence wound healing by contraction.

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Wound Healing: The Treatment of Secondary Healing Wounds Online course
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