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First Wednesday Webinar - Wound Diagnosis and Recognizing Atypical Wounds
Wednesday, September 01, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinar

Wound Diagnosis and Recognizing Atypical Wounds
Wednesday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET

Optimal healing outcomes for patients with wounds is predicated on having an accurate diagnosis of wound etiology. Sometimes this requires the clinician to think outside the box, especially when the wound does not respond to standard care. This course will review the characteristics of the four most common wound types, and present pictures and case studies of many atypical wounds in the following categories: immune-mediated tissue injury, infected wounds, malignant wounds, and miscellaneous wounds. Medical and wound care recommended for the groups, in addition to standard wound care will be briefly discussed; however, the main focus is correct diagnosis and appropriate referrals.

At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to

  • Recognize the characteristics of the 4 typical wound etiologies (arterial, venous, pressure, and diabetic).
  • Recognize the characteristics of atypical wounds.
  • Diagnose an atypical wound and make the correct referral for disease management.
  • Adapt the plan of care for a patient with an atypical wound based upon the effects of an underlying disorder on the healing process.


Rose L. Hamm, PT, DPT

Rose received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MS and post-graduate DPT from the University of Southern California.  She is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and practiced at KeckHospital where she developed the in-patient and out-patient wound care programs.  She developed and taught wound care curriculum to entry-level physical therapy students at three PT programs.    

She most recently edited the second edition of “Text and Atlas of Wound Diagnosis and Treatment,” a comprehensive textbook on wound care, and co-authored “Essential Elements of Wound Diagnosis,”  both published by McGraw Hill Education.  She is a member of the APTA Acute Care and Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Sections, and is Chair of the Specialty Council charged with developing the certification exam for physical therapists who specialize in wound management. Rose is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care as the Physical Therapy Representative.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House and a volunteer for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village which provides services for elderly who wish to remain in their own homes.