Posts Tagged ‘Assessment’

Wound Care Minute: Wound Assessment Equipment

Friday, July 7th, 2017

What wound assessment equipment do you need? In this short video, WCEI co-founder Nancy Morgan discusses the key items you should gather before you begin.

 

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Wound Care Education Institute® provides online and onsite courses in  Skin, Wound, Diabetic and Ostomy Management. Clinicians who meet the eligibility requirements may sit for the prestigious WCC®, DWC® and OMS national board certification exams through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®). For details see wcei.net.

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Wound Care Minute: How Often Do You Assess a Wound?

Friday, November 18th, 2016

WCEI co-founder Nancy Morgan discusses when to assess and reassess a wound.

 

How often are wounds assessed at your facility? Do you have any best practices to share? Tell us in the comments below.

To learn more wound care tips, view the webinar “Insider Secrets to Wound Care” for FREE with using the code WCMINUTE.

 

Wound Care Education Institute® provides online and onsite courses in the fields of Skin, Wound, Diabetic and OstomyManagement. Health care professionals who meet the eligibility requirements may sit for the prestigious WCC®, DWC® and OMS national board certification examinations through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®). For more information see wcei.net.

 

Prevention, Prevention, Prevention

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
Turning and Repositioning

Turning and Repositioning

To most of us in the Health Care industry, nursing in particular, it is obvious that the best ways to heal wounds is to prevent them in the first place. Sometimes however, that is not so obvious to members of the health care team that care for our patients both young and old and in-between. There are many reasons that can be attributed to that ignorance but that is not the reason for this post. That ignorance can be addressed through further education.

Lets discuss prevention of ulcers and wounds. Assessment of our patients needs is one way to initiate preventative measures. I was reading an article and commentary on Catherine Ratliff, Ph.D., from a meeting at the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel in Arlington, VA

She recommended that caregivers assess four factors to determine an individual’s risk for heel pressure ulcers: age older than 70 years, diagnosis of diabetes, decreased mental status, and lack of movement in the legs and feet. Also, consider whether individuals are ambulatory, walk with assistance, or are confined to bed, she said.

Caregivers should take some precautions to prevent heel pressure ulcers even in individuals who are at low risk, Dr. Ratliff said. Check the circulation in the affected area, check whether the skin is warm or cool to the touch, examine the feet for redness, and apply moisturizer to the heels. Encourage individuals to get out of bed at least three times a day if possible. If that doesn’t happen, consider a pressure-redistributing mattress.

Individuals who are at higher risk, or those who already have a heel pressure ulcer, require stricter interventions, she said. Assess the patient and apply moisturizers more often, work hard to get the individual mobile, and perhaps use devices that take pressure off the heels.

You can read the rest of the article here .

What else can we do to assist preventing wounds from developing on our patients? As Wound Care Certified professionals, we can educate the public before and after they become our patients. Writing articles and submitting them to the web via blogs, making videos that speaks to our knowledge about prevention of wounds is an area that we can improve upon. Diabetic screening and education can be another example of how we can possible prevent development of ulcerations. For example we could do more foot examinations as part of a community outreach. All individuals with diabetes should receive an annual foot examination to identify high-risk foot conditions. This examination should include assessment of protective sensation, foot structure and biomechanics, vascular status, and skin integrity. People with one or more high-risk foot conditions should be evaluated more frequently for the development of additional risk factors. People with neuropathy should have a visual inspection of their feet at every visit with a health care professional.

Skin and Wound Manual

Skin and Wound Manual

A great resource for any Wound Care or Health Care Provider is the Skin and Wound Resource Manual Use the resources that are available to you. Teach the people you care for to take care of themselves before and when they develop wounds. Prevention of the wound prior to it develops is the best way to heal it!

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit http://www.wcei.net