Assessing a chronic wound for moderate to heavy bacterial burden begins with assessment of the clinical signs and symptoms of infection. This lecture will review the clinical examination of the patient with a chronic wound.
Karen Bauer is a Wound Certified Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Toledo and an M.S. from the Ohio State University. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner for 12 years, with 10 of those years being in the field of wound management and vascular medicine. She currently practices at the University of Toledo Medical Center as well as multiple outreach sites encompassing ambulatory clinics, long-term care, and acute care centers.
She is certified as a wound specialist through the American Board of Wound Management and currently serves as both the Director of Wound Services at the University of Toledo in the Division of Vascular, Endovascular, and Wound Surgery, and the Program Director at the Fulton County Wound and Hyperbaric Center. She served as the Consumer Board Member for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care from 2016-2018, engaging in multiple committees and initiatives. She is a current nurse board member for the AAWC. She is also an Editorial Board Member forwound Management and Prevention. Karen lectures locally to medical and nursing students, regionally, nationally, and has spoken on an international level. She is a published researcher and is currently projected to graduate with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the Spring of 2019. She loves dogs, yoga, and watching her daughter play soccer in her free time.