PURPOSE: To provide an overview of moisture balance and its importance in wound healing.
TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in wound care.
OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking the test, the reader should be able to:
1. Discuss the wound healing process and wound assessment.
2. Describe the types of dressings available and how they meet the needs of the individual patient.
This continuing education activity focuses specifically on moisture balance in the wound, and it is the third in a 4-part series that will address the components of wound bed preparation.
Denis Okan, BHSc, MD (cand) • Medical Student • Memorial University of Newfoundland • St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Kevin Woo, MSc, RN, ACNP GNC(C) • Clinical Scientist/Nurse Practitioner • Wound Healing Clinic, The New Woman's Hospital • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, RN, APRN,BC, CWOCN, FAPWCA, FAAN • Faculty • Excelsior College of Nursing • Albany, NY • Senior Advisor • The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing • New York, NY • President • Ayello, Harris & Associates • New York, NY • Clinical Associate Editor • Advances in Skin & Wound Care • Ambler, PA
R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Med) (Derm), FAPWCA, MEd • Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences • University of Toronto • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • Director • Wound Healing Clinic, The New Women's College Hospital • Toronto • Clinical Associate Editor • Advances in Skin & Wound Care • Ambler, PA
Mr Okan has disclosed that he has no significant relationships or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity. Mr Woo has disclosed that he is/was a consultant for Coloplast; and is/was a member of the speaker's bureau for Johnson & Johnson and Mo¨lnlycke Health Care; and other: Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. Dr Ayello has disclosed that she is/was a consultant/advisor for Coloplast, Healthpoint, KCI, Sage, and Smith & Nephew is/was a member of the speaker's bureau for Hill-Rom, KCI, Organogenesis, Ross, and Smith & Nephew; and other: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, World Union of Wound Healing Societies, and the New Jersey Hospital Association. Dr Sibbald has disclosed that he is/was the recipient of grant/research funding from Smith & Nephew, 3M, Coloplast, Mo¨lnlycke, KCI, and Johnson & Johnson; is/was a consultant/advisor for Smith & Nephew, 3M, Coloplast, Mo¨lnlycke, KCI, and Johnson & Johnson; and is/was a member of the speaker's bureau for Smith & Nephew, 3M, Coloplast, Mo¨lnlycke, KCI, and Johnson & Johnson.
Lippincott CME Institute, Inc. has identified and resolved all faculty conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.