Wound Composition and Assessment

Dana Davis, PT, DPT, CWS

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



"Chronic wounds are those that do not progress through a normal, orderly, and timely sequence of repair. They are common and are often incorrectly treated. The morbidity and associated costs of chronic wounds highlight the need to implement wound prevention and treatment guidelines."

Bowers S, Franco E. Chronic Wounds: Evaluation and Management. Am Fam Physician. 2020 Feb 1;101 (3):159-166. PMID: 32003952.

This course is aimed at helping the therapist in clinically evaluating and documenting the chronic wound. To improve recognition of different tissue composition, appropriate wound documentation and how this impacts their clinical decision making for this patient. By improving their wound composition understanding, they can then improve the treatment modalities and topical applications that are utilized with these patients. This course will provide case studies to demonstrate the application of this information and how the therapist can put these skills into immediate action.


  • Improve your knowledge of working with advanced wound dressings, their function and impact on the microbiology of the wound
  • Best practices and guidelines for treatments of this population
  • Improve your outcomes and patient satisfaction

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the 4 stages of wound healing and cells typically associated with these stages.
  2. Determine tissue structure and composition in a healthy vs. chronic wound.
  3. Discover appropriate tissue recognition, treatment modality/dressing choices, and interventions that may be necessary.

Course Content

Wound Composition and Assessment
SCORM Package
Next Steps
  1. Acute vs. Chronic Wound
    1. Overview of wound healing cascade
    2. 4 stages of wound healing
    3. Cells involved in each stage
    4. Tissue composition and layers of the skin
    5. Type of skin breakdown from abrasion to full thickness injury
  2. Wound Composition
    1. Tissue types
    2. Necrotic tissue nomenclature
    3. How to document a wound
  3. Debridement
    1. Recognition of when to debride wound
    2. Types of debridement available
    3. Overview of clinical application
Dana Davis, PT, DPT, CWS is a licensed physical therapist and board-certified wound specialist with clinical experience focused on wound care and edema management. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, complex care, home health, and outpatient wound therapy. Dana has a passion for wound care education and experience in presenting it to therapy staff. She has remained an active professional student educator and continues to provide and improve the knowledge base in wound therapy for students and therapists. Dana has developed and improved education and access to wound care information in her hospital setting to improve quality of care for her patient population. She is a vocal advocate for improving education and standards of care across disciplines for the chronic wound patient population. Dana graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is a member and board-certified specialist through American Board of Wound Management (ABWM).


FINANCIAL: Dana Davis is compensated by Summit as an instructor

NONFINANCIAL: Dana Davis has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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