July 27-28

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WCPC Day 1

Welcome and Introductions

Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Soft Tissues, Wound Healing

  • Review the anatomy, structure, and function of the skin and underlying tissues
  • Explain the function of the skin and soft tissues, and the changes normal with aging

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Arterial Wounds

  • Review the pathophysiology, signs, and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease and conditions associated with the disease
  • Review the diagnosis of arterial disease, criteria for referral to vascular surgery, and interventions (endovascular and surgical)

Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Ulcers

  • Describe specific interventions for chronic venous insufficiency and ulcerations
  • Implement initial evaluation and patient-centered management strategies for patients with chronic venous insufficiency


  • Associate the anatomy of the vascular system to the pathophysiology of lymphedema
  • Identify long-term management options for patients with lymphedema

Assessing the Evidence

  • Assess research and evidence related to wound management
  • Employ techniques from controlled trials, case studies, and cohort studies to translate current best evidence into clinical practice


Pressure Injuries

  • Review the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and stages of pressure ulcers
  • Outline specific interventions for pressure ulcer prevention and management of pressure, shear, friction, and moisture


  • Review burn types based on the mechanism of injury
  • Determine the best course of treatment for optimal outcomes in patients with burns

Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

  • Recognize underlying mechanisms of the effects of diabetes on wound healing and comprehensive assessment and physical examination

Atypical Wounds

  • Recognize the importance of an accurate diagnosis of atypical wounds
  • Identify the clinical presentation of many atypical wounds and some associated treatment interventions

WCPC Day 2

Assessment and Documentation

  • Define the fundamental elements of a holistic evaluation of the patient with an open wound
  • List the key components of a thorough wound assessment and recommendations for accurate documentation


  • Discuss nutritional factors and the underlying deficiencies that impact wound healing
  • Employ strategies to improve a patient’s wound healing with protein supplements, vitamins, minerals, and alternate feeding methods

Assessment and Management of Bioburden

  • Recognize common skin and soft tissue infections
  • Identify clinical and laboratory techniques for evaluating wounds for infection

Hyperbaric Oxygen

  • Evaluate the use of HBOT therapy in chronic wound care
  • Describe the primary goals, therapeutic uses, and contraindications of HBOT


  • Summarize psychological considerations on wound healing including pain, immobility, cognition, learning style, palliative care, family support system, and adherence
  • Relate the psychosocial and cognitive aspects to patient outcomes in wound repair



  • Define the spectrum of debridement (i.e., surgical/sharp, chemical, mechanical, biological, autolysis) modalities and their appropriate selection based on wound characteristics and patient conditions
  • Determine the appropriate time course for debridement

Topical Management

  • Describe various topical therapeutic interventions, including cleansing solutions and standard and advanced dressings
  • Compare and contrast the various categories of wound care dressings and the various functions of each

Biophysical Agents

  • Describe complementary/adjunctive electrotherapeutic interventions that facilitate wound healing
  • Review the use of electrical stimulation, high- and low-frequency ultrasound, negative pressure therapy, light therapy, and pulsed lavage with suction in treatment of open wounds

Test-Taking Strategies

Engage in a highly interactive review of the course content, using multiple-choice questions and photographs of different types of wounds for process questions and answers

Practice Exams and Wrap-Up