UW School of Nursing

April 29, 2021

UW Wound Academy | All Modules

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UW Wound Academy | All Modules
On-Demand Program

Course Description

The UW Wound Academy is a series of interactive modules that promotes excellence in the care, management and treatment of wounds. The series progresses through basic concepts of wound assessment and wound healing and continues to more advanced topics including prevention and treatment of lower extremity venous ulcers, pressure injury, diabetic foot ulcers and dressing selection. 

Teaching methods include readings, interactive diagrams and self-assessment questions.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals and other individuals involved in the care, management and treatment of patients with wounds.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this series, you will be better able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of skin and blood in relation to wound healing.
  • Explain mechanisms of wound healing.
  • Define wound bed preparation and factors that help and hinder wound healing.
  • Describe a systematic approach to the assessment of a wound.
  • Describe the basic pathophysiology and management of venous ulcers. 
  • Identify risk factors and methods of improving tissue tolerance to prevent pressure injury.
  • Explain the risk factors, assessment strategies and appropriate multidisciplinary management of the patient with a neuropathic/diabetic foot ulcer.
  • Outline a systematic approach to dressing selection.

Featured Modules

To register for only one or a few modules, click on the topic:
  1. Skin Structure and Blood Composition
  2. Mechanisms of Wound Healing
  3. Wound Assessment
  4. Wound Bed Preparation
  5. Lower Extremity Venous Wounds
  6. Lower Extremity Arterial Wounds
  7. Pressure Injury: A Guide to Prevention
  8. Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Prevention and Management
  9. Dressing Selection

Original source material for the UW Wound Academy was developed for the Global Wound Academy by Smith and Nephew, Inc. in the early 2000s. In 2014, Smith and Nephew donated the source material to UWCNE as part of an unrestricted educational grant to expand access to wound management education. UWCNE was granted permission to use, review, edit, update and publish the material independently at its own discretion. The modules have been significantly revised and updated annually since 2014.