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Wild On Wounds National Conference Brings Back the Maggots to Las Vegas!

June 3rd, 2014
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This is just one of the sessions you can enjoy at our
National Wound Conference
Session 305 
HANDS ON:
Maggot Debridement Therapy
Dr. Ronald A. Sherman, M.D., M.Sc., D.T.M.H., Director, BioTherapeutics
We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Sherman, leading expert in maggot therapy and currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the non-profit BioTherapeutics, Education and Research (BTER) Foundation, which supports patient care, education and research in maggot therapy and the symbiotic medicine.
Taught in two sessions, this course will give you the didactic and the practical hands on education on maggot therapy. Learn about the history, current status, mechanisms of action, as well as indications and contraindications for maggot therapy. Then put all that to use when you actually learn the technical aspects of maggot debridement therapy by applying live maggot dressings to mock wounds.
This session has limited seating and fills up fast so don’t wait.
 REGISTRATION INCLUDES:
  • 3 days filled with wound care education
  • 2 days of vendor showcase exhibits
  • Lunch all 3 days with a lunch speaker on day 3
  • Party poolside with a robust buffet and drinks!
  • Complimentary collectible event T-shirt
  • and MORE!

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I’m going to conference! Are you?

August 7th, 2014

Donna_headshotBy: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Years ago, when I first started out in the wound care specialty, the only way to learn about new products and what was going on in the field was to “go to conference” (wound care conference). All year long, planning and excitement continued to build for our big trip. Not going wasn’t an option; our facility, patients, and administrators needed us to attend. If we didn’t, we’d be way behind our competition in regard to cutting-edge, hot-off-the-press wound care treatments and techniques.

Besides being a forum for displaying new wound care products, conference is an opportunity to network, to see what others are doing—what’s working and what isn’t— and to hear firsthand from researchers.

Living in the digital age has changed things for us. We’re blessed to have innovative information at our fingertips whenever we connect to the Web via computer, smartphone, or tablet. Manufacturers’ websites, government guidelines, and social media sites can keep us informed of what’s hot and happening if we just take the time to check them.

But as glorious as the Web is, I still believe in the power of attending conference. Some things are just meant to be seen, touched, and experienced—live and in person. Being in a convention hall with hundreds or even thousands of clinicians who love the same icky, yucky, stinky, and sometimes-nauseating challenge of wound management is something you just can’t experience on the Web. The power of passion, excitement, and inspiration from others is so contagious.

It’s understandable that money and time constraints play a big part in decisions to attend conference. Nonetheless, I believe all wound and ostomy experts should figure out a way to go to conference every year, or at least every other year. Here are some creative ideas for funding your conference expenses:

Educational grants from suppliers
State or local educational grants
Employer’s tuition-reimbursement program
Combining your annual family vacation with the conference trip
Holiday or birthday gift from your family
Simple negotiation with your employer.

Currently in the United States, we can choose from several wound conferences, including the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy cosponsored event Wild on Wounds (WOW). I encourage all wound and ostomy experts to support and advance our specialty by continually educating and updating ourselves—and one way to do this is to go to conference.

Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS
Clinical instructor
Wound Care Education Institute
Plainfield, Illinois

DISCLAIMER: All clinical recommendations are intended to assist with determining the appropriate wound therapy for the patient. Responsibility for final decisions and actions related to care of specific patients shall remain the obligation of the institution, its staff, and the patients’ attending physicians. Nothing in this information shall be deemed to constitute the providing of medical care or the diagnosis of any medical condition. Individuals should contact their healthcare providers for medical-related information.

47 Days to WOW Conference

August 4th, 2014

It’s not too late to register for WOW!  Don’t pass up the opportunity to network, learn and participate in some of the top wound management sessions. Jennifer talks about two of her sessions and what you can expect in this video.

Jennifer Oakley RN, WCC, CWCA, DWC, OMS, Clinical Instructor

SESSION 406

The Wound Care Quiz Connection
In this session you will have a plethora of wound care information presented in a fun and fast moving quiz format to get you and your colleagues thinking again without overloading you. Join Jennifer, test your knowledge and inspire others.
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SESSION 106
Finding Common Ground…Your Guide to Surviving Wound Care Communication ChallengesIn this session you will learn effective communication techniques that will enable you to effectively deal with the day-to-day challenges you face as a wound care clinician.
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Even our exhibitors and sponsors are getting in on the knowledge.
SESSION 702 
HANDS ON : Use of Collagenase SANTYL Ointment in Wound Bed Preparation

Amy Bruggeman NP, MS, APRN-BC

Proper wound bed preparation is crucial for wound repair to progress normally. The overall goal is to address the necrotic burden and achieve a stable wound with healthy granulation tissue.Debridement helps remove necrotic tissue, which is a key component to wound bed preparation.

This program will review wound bed preparation and the role of debridement. It will analyze evidence based medicine in the treatment of chronic wounds and it will summarize the benefits of Collagenase SANTYL® Ointment in chronic wound debridement.Don’t put it off any longer. Book your sessions today and get your hotel room ready.
See you in Vegas!
 

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Wild on Wounds Productions, Inc.
25828 Pastoral Drive
Plainfield, Illinois 60585

Compression Made Easy Hands-On Lab

June 25th, 2014

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Due to popular demand, this dynamic duo is back to lead the hands on lab during the WOW Wild On Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas, NV on September 17-20, 2014.

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Cindy Broadus
RN, BSHA, LNHA, CLNC, CLNI, CHCRM, WCC, DWC, OMS,
Executive Director, NAWCO
Michael Miller
DO, FACOS, FAPWCA, WCC, CEO Medical Director, Miller Care Group

 

Session 301
HOW TO: Hands-On: Compression Made Easy

Venous disease affects over 15% of the population so its important to learn how to properly apply compression therapy. This session is a one-hour hands-on lab practicum in which you will practice your wrapping skills on each other.  You’ll learn the spiral and figure eight techniques and then use those skills to apply a multi-layered system.

This session is predominantly hands on with minimal didactic, therefore, attending session 200 will be helpful.  This is just one of many hands-on labs being offered.  To download the event brochure  CLICK HERE.  For details and to register online   CLICK HERE.

We hope to see you in Las Vegas!

"Thank you for having this in small groups. It helps to have the one on one attention"

“Thank you for having this in small groups. It helps to have the one on one attention”

I Stage, II Stage, III Stage , IV…. Making Pressure Ulcer Staging a Little Easier

June 6th, 2014

There has to be a way to get everyone on the same page.  You would think that over the last 6-7 years since the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) had released the updated staging guidelines we would have gotten better at this.  Not necessarily the case. blog
Lets try to make pressure ulcer staging as simple as possible.  We will take out the all the extra verbiage; you can read that later on.  We will break staging down to some user-friendly terms.  Now remember, we are talking about pressure ulcers, so all of these skin injuries pressure had to be present, sure – friction and shearing can contribute, but pressure must be present. They are usually located over a bony prominence but we know they don’t have to be; they will be located anywhere the skin has had unrelieved pressure.  If they are related to a device they will take on the shape of the device that has caused the injury to the skin.

Stage I.  This is an area of non-blanchable area of erythema (redness) of intact skin.  That’s what it is. Period.  Intact red skin.  Non-blanchable is when we push on the skin it stays red; it doesn’t turn white or blanch.  So, intact, non-blanchable area of erythema, a stage I pressure ulcer.

Stage II.  This is a superficial or shallow open area.  We say it is pink, partial and painful.  The damage is into the dermis here so the tissue we see will always be smooth pink/dark pink, not granulation tissue.  Never will we see any necrotic tissue here; your wound won’t have yellow, black brown colors in it.  It also may be an intact serum (clear fluid) blister. So there you have it; a stage II is a superficial open area with NO necrotic tissue or it can be an intact or ruptured serum filled blister.

Stage III. This stage is easy.  Damage is now into the subcutaneous tissue, but not through the subcutaneous layer.  So this is the start of full thickness tissue injury.  Now here is where we can start see slough, eschar, and granulation tissue in the wound bed.  Tunneling and undermining may also be present in the full thickness pressure ulcer.  In the stage III pressure ulcer we may see healthy subcutaneous tissue, necrotic tissue or granulation tissue.  What we WON’T see in the stage III is muscle, tendon, ligament or bone, ever.

Stage IV.  This is full thickness tissue damage where we now see muscle, tendon, ligament, or bone in the wound bed.  The definition also states “palpable” so if we can feel tendon or bone here, we would stage it as a stage IV.   Cartilage in the wound bed would be included in the stage IV pressure ulcer.  We can have granulation tissue or necrotic tissue present in the wound bed as well.  Undermining and tunneling may be present in a stage IV, but what I MUST see or feel are those underlying structures – muscle, tendon, ligament and / or bone present to say it’s a “stage IV”.

Unstageable pressure ulcer is a stage we use to classify the pressure ulcer that has enough necrotic tissue present to make the clinician uncertain whether the pressure ulcer is a stage III or stage IV.  So until enough necrotic tissue can be removed we place it in the “unstageable” category.  Once that necrotic tissue is removed and we can evaluate the actual level of tissue destruction in the wound bed, that is when we will stage it and it will either be a stage III or a stage IV.

Suspected Deep Tissue Injury (SDTI).  To be a SDTI the skin must be intact, it must be purple or maroon in color or an INTACT BLOOD filled blister.  Once this intact SDTI pressure ulcer opens up, we would then reclassify it based on our assessment or tissue type in the wound bed.

We need to use the staging definitions set out by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) correctly, and all clinicians who assess skin need to have a good understanding of these definitions in order to properly stage pressure ulcers.  What was discussed about above is just a summary, there is more reading we need to do, but this will give us a good place to start with the staging.  We need to start staging consistently across the healthcare continuum; it really just comes down to good wound assessment skills, knowing the tissue type that lies before your eyes and identifying the level of tissue destruction and applying them to the NPUAP staging definitions. Lets get this right!

One Day Wound Seminars Continue To Excite Clinicians

October 28th, 2013

2013-03-27 23.07.05Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI®) is busy wrapping up another national tour of the one-day wound seminar. Instructors Nancy Morgan and Jennifer Oakley spent the year touring the US and instructing thousands of clinicians with an interest in wound care. “We have met so many passionate clinicians that wanted to enhance their knowledge in wound care to make a difference in their patients’ lives! These seminars give folks a good foundation for beginning their knowledge along with providing a good review for clinicians already certified in wound care” said Nancy Morgan, co-founder of WCEI.

The seminars focus on wound assessment and on the advanced wound dressing categories and review the who, what, where, when, why and how including:

• The elements of a wound assessment
• Identifying pressure ulcers utilizing 2007 NPUAP Staging Guidelines
• Identifying tissue types commonly found in wounds
• Documenting comprehensive wound assessment
• and more!

November and December offer a few additional opportunities to attend at locations listed below. For complete details go to:  www.wcei.net/one-day

  • November 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • November 14 – Glenview, IL
  • December 4 – Ft Wayne, IN
  • December 5 – Ft Wayne, IN
  • 2014 Schedule Coming Soon!

Bring a seminar to your facility!

WCEI also offers the opportunity for a facility to bring the seminar to their location, allowing customization to the individual needs.  For more information on hosting a seminar at your facility, go to: www.wcei.net/Host_A_One_Day_Seminar

[One Day Seminar Instructors: Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS and co-founder of WCEI.  Jennifer Oakley RN, BSN, CWCA, WCC, DWC, OMS]

NAWCO℠ and WCEI® Attend the UOAA National Conference

August 12th, 2013

A Memorable Experience at the UOAA National Conference! uoaa_collage
What an awesome time we had!

This was a very different type of National Meeting when compared to others we’ve attended in the past. We met hundreds of Ostomates in all ages, from across the US and internationally. This was the first time we attended the United Ostomy Association of America (UOAA) National Conference and we were greeted with a warm welcome from attendees, clinicians and exhibitors.

Many people stopped by the booth to welcome the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy℠ on their latest certification, the Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS℠) into their community with open arms. In fact, over and over attendees were telling us how “there’s nobody trained that can help me”… “there isn’t enough stoma nurses”… “we are so glad you are doing this”.  They were thrilled to learn that the OMS certification would not only include Nurses but also other disciplines such as Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Physicians and Physician Assistant.

Jennifer Oakley (WCEI Instructor) and I spent our time at the booth talking to each attendee and listening to their stories. This really gave us an intimate up-front personal look into their lives. I have to say not many of the stories we heard were positive. In fact many were straight up nightmares of experiences they each had to endure.  Many times Jennifer and I found ourselves holding back the emotion as their stories were so moving.

This just reinforced to me that we need to get out there and spread the knowledge and time is of the essence!    My wheels were spinning on ideas of what we can do to make an impact nationwide.

It was an honor to attend this year’s UOAA national meeting. We want to thank each and every one of you that welcomed us and shared your story. We at WCEI will continue to pay it forward by educating multidisciplinary clinicians in Ostomy Management!

Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA,WCC, DWC, OMS
WCEI Co-Founder

Clinicians Choose WCEI® for Wound Care Training

August 9th, 2013
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Become Wound Care Certified

Why Do Clinicians Choose WCEI® for their Wound Care Certification Training?

  • Wound Care Education Institute’s Skin and Wound Care Management training course provides continuing education hours for RNs, LPN/LVNs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, NPs, PAs, and MD/DOs.
  • Because it is offered both onsite and online, this comprehensive course meets the lifestyle needs of a wide range of multi-disciplinary clinicians.   Its online availability eliminates the expense of travel, hotel and employee time off.
  • The National Wound Care Certified (WCC®) exam is administered onsite with an exam proctor or at a convenient testing center.
  • WCEI course meets current standards of care and teaches clinicians to be legally defensible at bedside.
  • The pass rate for students that take WCEI® course and then sit for the WCC® exam is 89%-91%. Significantly higher than other courses.
  • WCC is the largest network of Wound Care Certified clinicians nationwide.
  • WCEI works directly with VA, Military, and hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition along with Long-term, Home Health and Hospice care organizations. WCEI has also partnered with various universities and colleges providing continuing education to health care providers.
  • WCEI has developed state funded educational programs with several organizations in WI, MD, MA, NJ, and RI.  Combined greater than 600 healthcare professionals received state funding to sit for WCEI comprehensive skin and wound management course and WCC exam.
  • WCEI is committed to the success of their alumni and support them throughout their wound care career.  Clinical support is available following certification to assist them in the field.
  • The WCC® certification is a prestigious, highly recognized credential offered only through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy™. The WCC certification program is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA®), the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE®). Certification programs that receive NCCA accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry.

Learn more about becoming Wound Care Certified at www.wcei.net

Save $100 on registration for on-site WCC course only. Coupon code: BLOG.  Coupon code must be used at time of purchase/registration. Existing registrations are not eligible. Coupon expires12/31/2013.

Find out about our One Day Wound Care Seminars at www.wcei.net/one-day

MAGGOTS GONE WILD!

July 16th, 2013

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Curious about maggots and leeches?  The maggots are back at the Wild on Wounds conference in Las Vegas.

Session #302: “HOW TO: Hands On:
Principles and Practice of Biosurgery and Biosurgical Debridement”
Ron Sherman MD, MSc, DTM&H, Director BTER Foundation, Irvine, CA.
Taught in two sessions, you will get the didactic and the practical hands on.Maggott_photos
Learn about the history, current status, mechanisms of action, as well as indications and contraindications for maggot and leech therapy. Then put all that to use when you actually learn the technical aspects of maggot debridement therapy by applying live maggot dressings to mock wounds.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BROCHURE

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REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  •     Lunch all 3 days with a lunch speaker on 3rd day
  •     Black and White Gala party (includes dinner / drinks / prizes / dancing and more)
  •     2 days of vendor showcase exhibits
  •     Cyber café (complimentary internet access)
  •     3 days filled with Wound and Ostomy education

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Voting Is Open for “WHY I WANT TO GO TO WILD ON WOUNDS” Video Contest

June 24th, 2013

WOW2013_VOTE-CHAMP-CONTEST-EBLAST_500 The videos are up, the voting has begun and now we need your help!

Clinicians were asked to create a short video telling us why they should win a free trip to attend the annual Wild on Wounds “WOW” Conference at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Now they need your help.  Click on this link to cast your vote for your favorite video and help one of these deserving clinicians win a free trip.

Wild on Wounds “WOW”  is a national conference held each year with the goal of spreading the knowledge needed to be a successful wound care practitioner. It is a multidisciplinary event providing continuing education, exciting learning opportunities and a whole lot of fun! Hundreds of clinicians from all over come to be inspired by the dedication of fellow attendees and faculty, and to learn the “moves, footwork and punches” needed to deliver positive results for their wound patients.  All sessions are designed with clinicians and patients in mind and for the hands-on practitioner.

  • 49 sessions covering the latest in evidence based wound care
  • 21 “HOW-TO” sessions to choose from
  • 7 “HANDS-ON” series of sessions offered
  • 4 days of networking opportunities and more!

For more details, visit our website at www.woundseminar.com