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Wound Management Home Skills Program


The Wound Management Home Skills Program will help you learn and practice the skills needed for optimal wound healing. The program includes care and skill instruction for complex lacerations, abrasions, postoperative surgical wounds, and non-healing wounds.

This standardized interactive program has been developed by a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education in collaboration with the American Burn Association, American College of Wound Healing & Tissue Repair, The American Society of Plastic Surgery, Wound Healing Society, Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). The Wound Home Management Skills Kit has been funded in part by grants from Smith & Nephew, Acelity and Ethicon.

Program Overview

The skills program contains booklets and video demonstrations.


The Wound Home Skills Kit booklets focus on the care of:

Video Demonstrations

There are five videos that support the skills explained in the booklets. You can choose to watch the ones you need for your wound care.

Lacerations & Abrasions

Cleaning Your Wound

Packing Your Wound

Dressings and Bandaging

Caring for Your Surgical Drain

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Additional Resources

Use the self-assessment checklist and references for additional support. Please complete the evaluation that is in the back of the booklet and return to the American College of Surgeons so we can continue to improve this program to best meet your needs.

Ordering Information

Lacerations and Abrasions

Surgical Wounds

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Pressure Ulcers

Venous Leg Ulcers and Lymphedema

Professional Resources

Professional Guide

Essentials of Skin Laceration Repair, October 15, 2008, Volume 78, Number 8. American Family Physician.

Milne J, Vowden P, Fumarola S, Leaper D. (2012) Postoperative incision management made easy. Wounds UK suppl.8 (4).