Providing Relief for Patients With Malignant Wounds - PT380

Providing Relief for Patients With Malignant Wounds

by Catherine Ratliff, GNP-BC, PhD, CWOCN, CFCN
(4.4 / 673 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Treatment options for malignant fungating wounds are aimed at the specific underlying cancer. Malignant wounds have a high rate of recurrence and tend to cause major alterations in patients’ physical and psychosocial well-being. Malignant wounds can result in many problems, including odor, bleeding, exudate, pruritis, and pain. Before starting treatment, healthcare professionals as a team need to determine which problems patients consider the most distressing. Even though bleeding may be more life-threatening, many patients may find the odor unbearable and may need to have it resolved first.


The goal of this program is to update nurses’, physical therapists’, physicians’, and radiological technologists’ knowledge of malignant wounds and ways to manage the associated physical and psychosocial problems. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe what a malignant wound is and how it develops
  • Discuss five problems associated with malignant wounds and ways to address the problems
  • Identify psychosocial concerns of patients and families with malignant wounds

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1641 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14; 14S1203 for 07/02/14 to 07/02/15; 15S1515 for 07/03/15 to 07/03/16; 16S1770 for 07/04/16 to 07/04/17; 17S5463 for 07/05/17 to 07/05/18; 18S7452 for 7/6/18 to 7/6/19); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020957 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021424 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14 CP150024036 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27148 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539000 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539000 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5147 for 07/19/13 to 07/18/14; 5667 for 07/19/14 to 07/18/15; 6332 for 07/19/15 to 07/18/16; 2016-200 for 07/19/16 to 07/18/17; 2017-243 for 07/19/17 to 07/18/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004925 for 08/28/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006754 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010055 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1357-2012 for 07/23/13 to 01/31/14; 226-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-855 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/23/13 to 07/23/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/17/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4967 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 1/4/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/4/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/4/2021


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Amanda W - Coraopolis, PA  ·  Sep 21, 2018
Concise and to the point
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Diane T - Strafford, VT  ·  Sep 18, 2018
it was informative, well organized, clear and current.
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Maureen A - southbury, CT  ·  Aug 31, 2018
interesting and informational
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Dina C - Cambria Heights, NY  ·  Aug 01, 2018
It was a very interesting course
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LOUIS R - modesto, CA  ·  Jul 13, 2018
Better understanding of management of malignant wounds of geriatric patients
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Price: $19.00
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