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Obesity: Impediment to Postsurgical Wound Healing

Wilson, Joyce A. MSN, RN, CWOCN; Clark, Jan J. BSN, RN, CWOCN

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: October 2004 - Volume 17 - Issue 8 - p 426-432
CLINICAL MANAGEMENT extra: Bariatric Skin & Wound Care
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PURPOSE To provide physicians and nurses with an overview of the impact of obesity on postoperative wound healing and how preplanning protocols can minimize skin and wound care problems in this patient population.

TARGET AUDIENCE This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in reducing skin and wound care problems in their patients who are obese.

OBJECTIVES After reading the article and taking the test, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify obesity-related changes in body systems and how these impede wound healing.
  2. Identify complications of postoperative wound healing in obese patients and the assessments and intervention strategies that can reduce these complications.
  3. Identify skin and wound care considerations for obese patients and the role of preplanning protocols in avoiding problems.

This continuing education activity addresses the effects of obesity on postoperative wound healing and how preplanning protocols can minimize skin and wound care problems in this patient population.

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Consultant • Department of General Surgery • Wilford Hall Medical Center • Lackland Air Force Base • San Antonio, TX

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Consultant • Department of General Surgery • Wilford Hall Medical Center • Lackland Air Force Base • San Antonio, TX

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

Adapted from Wilson JA, Clark JJ. Obesity: impediment to wound healing. Crit Care Nurs Q 2003;26:119-32.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.