Wound Management and Infection Control

taught by Sam Coffman
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Sam Coffman
Sam Coffman
Lead Instructor

About the Instructor

Sam has worked as a clinical herbalist for over 15 years, is the founder of The Human Path, and is also a former U.S. Special Forces Medic.  

This was the start of a long journey into the world of plant medicine for Sam, and after thousands of clinical hours as both a medic on teams and in military emergency rooms, as well as working with herbs throughout following decades, Sam’s primary goal has become the creation of an integrative medical model that embraces both vitalistic and mechanistic aspects of herbalism into a collaboration with orthodox and energetic models of diagnosis and treatment.

In this information-packed online course, Sam Coffman presents weekly videos and lessons that gives students a comprehensive look at both herbal and orthodox wound & soft tissue injury management, and infection control. This course is highly useful for beginner and clinician alike, at home, in the clinic and in the field.

In addition to videos and lectures, there will be two live Q & A sessions. The total number of video and lecture time of this course exceeds 10 hours.

Using both lecture format (power point & whiteboard) and demonstration video, Sam will demonstrate and explain several vital concepts that range from herbal and basic first aid at home to wound and infection management in austere or post-disaster conditions.

Topics covered in this highly informative course include:

  • The stages of wound healing and how that relates to botanical medicine
  • Wound irrigation
  • Checking for neuro, circulatory and connective tissue damage
  • Identifying and working with hypovolemic and psychogenic shock – orthodox and herbal.
  • Demonstrations and comparisons of orthodox and botanical wound closure techniques at home and in the field such as: Glues, staples, sutures, steri-strips, poultices, plasters, bandaging – to include when each is most appropriate in the field
  • Orthodox product explanations and reviews such as: Collagen powder, Chitosan, Calcium Alginate, Sodium Chloride, various bandage and dressing options, Medihoney and more.
  • Herbal explanations and case studies including dozens of herbs, honey, water-based poulticing and plastering techniques, salves and oil-based wound healing
  • Working with burns and blisters
  • Wound tunneling and packing wounds
  • Understanding wound management as an art and a science
  • The colors of a wound
  • Identifying, monitoring and working with wounds that are too wet, or too dry
  • Identifying and understanding infection
  • Biofilms and antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Increasing angiogenesis and microcirculation using herbs
  • Working with rather than against inflammation
  • Restoring scar tissue

In addition to the live lectures, students will have access to an online classroom with downloadable videos of the lectures (for students who miss live lectures), handouts, supplemental information, forums, assignments, quizzes and more.

Students who complete all assignments and quizzes with a passing grade will receive a certificate of completion.

Course Contents

21 Videos
3 Quizzes
2 Texts
19 PDFs
4 Downloads
12.0 hrs

Course Curriculum