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Exploring Wound Management Options For Infection Prevention


Exploring Wound Management Options For Infection Prevention

Publication Year
60 Minutes
Session Chair
Autumn Henson, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, WCC


COVID-19 has made a big impact in the world this past year and greatly burdened the healthcare system. Healthcare providers followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s three W’s to continue to reduce the spread: Wear a mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance. As wound incidence increased during the pandemic, there is another “W” that deserves our attention: Wound management. With the continued goal of eliminating unnecessary exposure for both vulnerable residents and high-risk healthcare workers, wound management demands products that represent best practice.

1. Review the CDC recommendations for COVID-19 and introduce a new W into the wheelhouse of COVID-19 safety
2. Explore wound management history and recommendations for healing of wounds
3. Consider wound management dressing options that offer effective healing and fewer wound dressing changes, thus decreasing the overexposure risk of COVID-19
Autumn Henson is a practicing gerontological nurse practitioner, assistant professor and wound care consultant. She has been working in long-term care and in wound care for over 20 years, starting first as a registered nurse. She graduated from Duke University with her Master of Science in Nursing in 2005 and received her Doctorate of Nurse Practice from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018. Henson currently works with the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, and the Physicians Eldercare in Winston Salem, NC. She loves working with her residents, caregivers, faculty, staff and students caring for and educating others in overall older adult healthcare including chronic conditions, end of life care, and especially wound care and management.
Autumn Henson, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, WCC

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