Course Summary

Although many types of wounds are easily treated, some require specialized care in order to resolve or treat the primary cause and to avoid complications. Health clinicians specializing in wound prevention and treatment focus on patients with an acute or chronic skin injury, related disease, and medical treatment. Increasingly, wound care specialists are adopting a holistic approach to treatment, coordinating efforts between interdisciplinary team members to ensure that all aspects of a patient’s physical and mental health are met during the acute and long-term phases of the treatment plan. This is the second in a six-part series on wound care.

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Course Syllabus

  • I.              Introduction
  • II.           Evaluation of Wound Characteristics
    • 1.   Foreign Bodies
    • 2.   Sensation
    • 3.   Blood Flow
  • III.        Development of a Treatment Plan
    • 1.   Wound Cleansing
    • 2.   Debridement
    • 3.   Moist Wound Bed and Healing
  • IV.         Wound Protection and Dressing Types
    • 1.   Foam Dressings
    • 2.   Impregnated Dressings
    • 3.   Transparent Dressings
    • 4.   Hydrogel Dressings
    • 5.   Wound Exudate and Dressing Selection
  • V.            Summary


Noah H. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Noah Carpenter is a Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and medical school and training at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carpenter completed surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Edmonton and Affiliated Hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta, and an additional Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has specialized in microsurgical techniques, vascular endoscopy, laser and laparoscopic surgery in Brandon, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and in Colorado, Texas, and California. Dr. Carpenter has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Calgary, and was appointed a Citizen Ambassador to China, and has served as a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, Canada Science Council, and the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons, among others. He has been an inspiration to youth, motivating them to understand the importance of achieving higher education.

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