Urgent Care Skills Lab: Wound Closure and Suture Removal
Health care professionals (HCPs) who perform urgent care clinical skills need to provide care appropriately within their scope of practice. Accurately performing and documenting urgent care skills and procedures is an integral component in professional practice and in the delivery of quality health care, which is essential for optimizing health-care outcomes. Delivering adequate patient education during the discharge and continuity of care process is a core principle of patient education. Education in follow-up care after discharge is an important part of improving patient outcomes.
This activity, part of the Urgent Care Skills Lab series, will demonstrate participants' competence to perform skills within the professional scope of practice and establish accurate documentation for urgent care skill and procedures. Key concepts on best practices for following up after procedures at urgent care facilities that include patient and family education will also be discussed.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and MedExpress.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs and nurse practitioners who practice in the urgent care setting.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify when it is appropriate to refer individuals to a specialist for complex wounds with extensive tissue damage; active infection; compromised blood supply; nerve, tendon or joint involvement; or wounds associated with a fracture.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skill and competence to perform wound closure and suture removal including accurate documentation of the procedure.
- Identify the most significant risk factors for wound infection.
- Provide patient and family education on aftercare, including pain medication, wound care, signs and symptoms of infection and when to have wound closure material removed.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Adelle Copeland, RN, MSN
Director of Training
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Chris Howard, DO
Vice President, Medical Operations
Patrick J. Leadbitter, MPAS, PA-C
Manager of Provider Training
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and MedExpress. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OHE designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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