Pressure Ulcers eCourse

Despite our increased knowledge and efforts, pressure ulcers remain a major health care issue worldwide. A pressure ulcer is defined as a skin lesion caused by unrelieved pressure resulting in damage to the underlying tissue. Pressure ulcers are also known as bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers.

Pressure ulcer on heelPressure ulcers affect mobility, nutritional intake, elimination and the psychological well-being of patients and residents. They represent a major health threat to older patients and residents and to those with restricted mobility or a chronic disease.

The purpose of the eCourse is to provide nurses and other health professionals with the motivation, knowledge and skills to assess, prevent and treat pressure ulcers. The overall goal is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers, especially in patients and residents under care.

The Pressure Ulcers eCourse consists of six modules. The learning activities include narrated video presentations, podcasts, unit quizzes, learning games / simulations, handouts, links to other resources and a choice of final examinations.

To access a learning activity, simply click on the Link. Once you have completed an activity, return to this page to go to the next activity. We strongly recommend that the activities be done in the order shown; however, you are free to select your own learning paths.

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Module 1. Course Introduction and Overview

1.1 Course Introduction

1.1.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (10 slides)

1.1.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (10.8 MB)

 

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1.1.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

1.2  Navigation tutorial – a one minute tour of the video player and its controls.


Module 2. About Pressure Ulcers

2.1 Definition and Causes of Pressure Ulcers

2.1.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (14 slides)

2.1.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (7.47 MB)

 

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2.1.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

 

2.2 Pressure Ulcer Classifications and Stages

2.2.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (21 slides)

2.2.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (11.09 MB)

 

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2.2.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

 

2.3 Risk Factors and Implications

2.3.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (30 slides)

2.3.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (26.61 MB)

 

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2.3.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

 

2.4 Module 2 Exercises 

2.4.1  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 2 (20 open-ended questions)

2.4.2  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 2 (pdf version)

2.4.3  Terminology Game – 15 multiple choice random questions from a pool of 35

2.4.4  Terminology Game – 10 word-guess random questions from a pool of 25

2.4.5  Pressure Ulcers Images Review I – random images of pressure ulcers to help you identity location and stages

2.4.6  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 102 items

2.4.7  Print Quiz I – 33 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

2.4.8  Print Quiz II – 33 different questions with answers at the end.


Module 3. Assessment of Pressure Ulcers

3.1 Risk Assessment of Pressure Ulcers 

3.1.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (30 slides)

3.1.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (14.42 MB)

 

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3.1.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

 
3.2 Risk Assessment Tools for Pressure Ulcers

3.2.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (14 slides)

3.2.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (9.43 MB)

 

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3.2.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.


3.3 Module 3 Exercises

3.3.1  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 3 (16 open-ended questions)

3.3.2  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 3 (pdf version)

3.3.3  Terminology Game – 10 word-guess random questions from a different pool of 28 terms

3.3.4  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (15 questions from 30 items)

3.3.5  Pressure Ulcers Images Review II– more images of pressure ulcers for self assessment of location and stages

3.3.6  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 76 items

3.3.7  Print Quiz I – 38 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

3.3.8  Print Quiz II – 38 questions with answers at the end.

 
Module 4. Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

4.1 Prevention Strategies for Pressure Ulcers

4.1.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (24 slides)

4.1.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast(12.95 MB)

 

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4.1.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.


4.2 Module 4 Exercises

4.2.1  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 4 (12 open-ended questions)

4.2.2  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 4 (pdf version)

4.2.3  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (11 questions)

4.2.4  Terminology Game III – another 10 word-guess random questions from a different pool of 28 terms 

4.2.5  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 46 items

4.2.6  Print Quiz I – 23 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

4.2.7  Print Quiz II – 23 questions with answers at the end.


Module 5. Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

5.1 Overview of Treatment Strategies

5.1.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (21 slides)

5.1.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (10.57 MB)

 

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5.1.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.1.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.1 (8 open-ended questions)

5.1.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.1 (pdf version)

5.1.6  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (14 questions)

5.1.7  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly presented

5.1.8  Print Quiz I – 25 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)


5.2 Repositioning and Support Surfaces

5.2.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (25 slides)

5.2.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (14.55 MB)

 

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5.2.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.2.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.2 (10 open-ended questions)

5.2.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.2 (pdf version)

5.2.6  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (12 questions)

5.2.7  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 42 items

5.2.8  Print Quiz I – 21 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

5.2.9  Print Quiz II – 21 questions with answers at the end.


5.3 Cleansing and Debridement

5.3.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (17 slides)

5.3.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (10.37 MB)

 

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5.3.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.3.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.3 (10 open-ended questions)

5.3.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.3 (pdf version)

5.3.6  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (20 questions)

5.3.7  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 40 items

5.3.8  Print Quiz I – 20 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

5.3.9  Print Quiz II – 20 questions with answers at the end.


5.4 Dressings for Pressure Ulcer Wounds

5.4.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (27 slides)

5.4.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (11.17 MB)

 

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5.4.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.4.4  Terminology Game IV – another 10 word-guess random questions from a different pool of 28 terms

5.4.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.4 (15 open-ended questions)

5.4.6  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.4 (pdf version)

5.4.7  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (17 questions)

5.4.8  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 42 items

5.4.9  Print Quiz I – 21 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

5.4.10  Print Quiz II – 21 questions with answers at the end.


5.5 Nutrition and Treatment

5.5.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (26 slides)

5.5.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (16.00 MB)

 

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5.5.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.5.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.5 (10 open-ended questions)

5.5.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.5 (pdf version)

5.5.6  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (17 questions)

5.5.7  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 42 items

5.5.8  Print Quiz I – 21 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

5.5.9  Print Quiz II – 21 questions with answers at the end.


5.6 Pressure Ulcer Infections

5.6.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (24 slides)

5.6.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (12.71 MB)

 

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5.6.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.6.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.6 (15 open-ended questions)

5.6.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.6 (pdf version)

5.6.6  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (15 questions from 30 items)

5.6.7  Online Quiz – 25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 40 items

5.6.8  Print Quiz I – 20 questions with answers at the end (pdf format)

5.6.9  Print Quiz II – 20 questions with answers at the end.


5.7 Pain Management

5.7.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (12 slides)

5.7.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (6.67 MB)

 

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5.7.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.7.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.7 (6 open-ended questions)

5.7.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.7 (pdf version)

5.7.6  Online Quiz – 15 questions randomly presented

5.7.7  Print Quiz I – 15 questions with answers at the end (pdf format).


5.8 Surgery and Pressure Ulcers

5.8.1  Video presentation – narrated with notes (18 slides)

5.8.2  Podcast – to listen, use the player below; or you can download the podcast (9.63 MB)

 

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5.8.3  Handout – a print version that includes the slides and the narration script.

5.8.4  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.8 (8 open-ended questions)

5.8.5  Knowledge Checkup – for Module 5.8 (pdf version)

5.8.6  Definitions Game – a drag & drop definitions game on terms in this module (14 questions)

5.8.7  Online Quiz – 17 questions randomly presented

5.8.8  Print Quiz I – 17 questions with answers at the end (pdf format).

 
Module 6. Other Sources and Resources

6.1  Terminology Game V – another 10 word-guess random questions from a different pool of 28 terms

6.2  Knowledge Checkup – for entire course (25 open-ended questions)

6.3  Knowledge Checkup – for entire course (pdf version)

6.4  Glossary of Pressure Ulcer Terms – medical terms used in this course (pdf format)

6.5  Final Course Examination I – 50 questions from a pool of 475 items (with Certificate)

6.6  Final Course Examination II – 75 questions from a pool of 475 items (with Certificate)

6.7  Final Course Examination III – 100 questions from a pool of 475 items (with Certificate)

6.8  Final Course Examination IV – 125 questions from a pool of 475 items (with Certificate)

6.9  References and Credits