Palliative Wound Care (AAHPM)


The traditional goal of wound care is to heal or prepare for surgical closure, but techniques and procedures used to “heal” a wound can be painful or uncomfortable and very costly. It is inappropriate to ignore wounds or declare them untreatable in patients at the end of life. Palliative wound care requires a different mindset than traditional wound care, yet is based on the same fundamental scientific principles. The concept of palliation for chronic wounds is a relatively new concept within the past ten years. Palliation recognizes and accepts non-healing endpoints as appropriate care and uses non-healing strategies to comfort patients and improve quality of life. This presentation provides a framework for understanding and providing palliative care for wounds at the end of life. AAHPM endorses the standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). All who are in a position to control or influence the content of an educational activity must disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.* Disclosure documents were reviewed for potential conflicts of interest and, if identified, they were resolved prior to confirmation of participation. Only those who had no conflict of interest or who agreed to an identified resolution process prior to their participation were involved in this activity. (All editors and authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with one exception: Langemo receives payment for serving as a speaker with Hill Rom, as a consultant with EHOB and Healthpoint, as a researcher with Medline, and as a consensus panel member for 3M.) *A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. (Exclusions at the time of this writing included 501-C nonprofit organizations, government organizations, liability and health insurance providers, non-healthcare related companies, group medical practices, and for-profit healthcare providers.)


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HEN-2460
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2018
Learning Objectives:
Describe the kinds of wounds that are highly prevalent at the end of life.
Describe the co-morbidities/risk factors related to wounds at the end of life.
Describe a palliative treatment protocol for wounds at the end of life.

I. Wounds at the End of Life II. Co-morbidities III. Assessing a wound for palliation IV. Palliative treatment of wounds V. Handling symptoms of pain and odor Exam

Instructor: Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN
College of Nursing at the University of North Dakota Disclosure: Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Aletha W. Tippett, BSChE, MD, ABFP, ABHPM, AAPM, WCC, CWS
Dr. Aletha Tippett received her BS in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1975 and her MD from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. Dr. Tippett has done wound care for 20 years and has treated over 15,000 wounds. Her main areas of focus in wound care are limb salvage and pressure ulcer prevention and treatment and she brings a bio-engineering approach to these. She has been honored with numerous awards in the healthcare community and is a published author and international speaker and teacher on wound care topics. She is president of the Hope of Healing Foundation, dedicated to limb salvage and novel wound therapies. She is a member of the International Biotherapy Society and is an active “biotherapist”, using maggots and leeches in her wound care practice. Dr. Tippett is also active in hospice and is a certified hospice medical director for Brookdale Hospice in Dayton, Ohio. Disclosure: Aletha W. Tippett, BSChE, MD, ABFP, ABHPM, AAPM, WCC, CWS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: advanced level Physicians; intermediate and advanced level Nurses; intermediate and advanced level Social Workers; in the following settings: Hospice; and the following practice categories: Hospice.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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