Dress for Success: Integrated Therapies for Wound Healing
in Patients with Lymphedema
Wound healing can be challenging, especially in lymphedema patients. This workshop will focus on reducing bacterial bioburden and safely and effectively improving wound healing. It will also explain how to handle challenging lymphedema wound patients who have significant drainage from their wounds. Participants will learn to identify and effectively treat wounds with early infection and learn techniques to control drainage effectively while creating an optimal wound-healing environment. These techniques can be incorporated into practice quickly and effectively.
- Identify ways of reducing bacterial bioburden and the mode of action involved in bacterial binding.
- Describe the difference between physical mode of action and chemical mode of action.
- Describe silver resistance and identify alternative modalities for wound care.
- Describe when to use hydration response technology on wounds with heavy exudate.
- Explain the difference between short-stretch and inelastic bandages and which to use for reducing edema in limbs.
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