Skin Health Program Course: EDEMA


The Management of Edema in Community Clients

Offered by the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute, this course is geared towards the non-specialist licensed nurse or allied health care provider in a variety of practice settings with the goal of improving and strengthening the edema care team and edema care for their patients.

What to Expect

Join colleagues from across the country for this Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Skin Health Program Course:

  • Fifteen (15) weeks of guided learning supported by Canadian Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence.
  • Online learning allows you to learn when and where it is most convenient for you.
  • Individualized support and feedback guide you through graded assignments and discussion forums.
  • Best practices course content from easily available text books and journals.
  • Course load depends on prior knowledge but usually about 8-10 hours per week
  • Courses start in February and in September
  • Registration closes one month before the start date or when the course is full.

Course Content

This course is intended to be an introductory course for the generalist licensed health care worker. It is not intended to graduate lymphedema specialists.

Topics include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of edema
  • Risk factors of edema and risk reduction
  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Best practices in edema management
  • Wound management in the edematous limb

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Acquire best practice knowledge of the risk factors, etiology and management of clients with edema.
  • Support your clients to effectively manage their edema and follow through with recommended treatment plans.
  • Employ evidence supported theory in wound management for clients with edema.
  • Identify situations where consultation with the Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence is appropriate.

Download the Edema Course pamphlet (PDF)