Posts Tagged ‘Negative Pressure Wound Therapy’

Challenges of Wound Care: Bridging the Gap

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Challenges of Wound Care: Bridging the Gap will be presented by Josie F. Schantz MSN, RN-BC, WCC, Regional Professional Education Manager at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas NV, September 7-10,2011.

Wound care is a relatively new field in medicine. Often times, there is a big gap that seems to exist between medical practice and using clinical data to change healthcare practices.  The goal of this educational offering is to teach healthcare professionals about the science of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).  We will summarize NPWT mechanisms of action, indications, contraindications and warnings. We will discuss benchmark tips and techniques when applying dressings. Lastly, we will discuss research studies that substantiate the clinical effectiveness of NPWT

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit http://www.wcei.net.

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

NPWT in Home Care Under Spotlight by CMS

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Nancy Morgan RN Message About NPWT and Home Care

This is for Clinicians that use Negative Pressure in the Home Care Environment ONLY.

CMS (Medicare) Competitive bidding process continues with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) under the spotlight. As seen with previous competitive bidding processes, companies and products with the lowest price will prevail. In order to bid competitively many NPWT companies will have to cut back on education, clinical support and other value added services so they can keep their pricing low enough to stay in the game. NPWT companies do not want to lose the bidding process, because losers will no longer receive Medicare reimbursement. (This will cut back your options for NPWT choices)

We must act now to make sure that our options for quality, not just cheapest, NPWT are available. Simply call, write, or email your local congressman at:https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Tell your representative who you are, what you do and why they should ensure the CMS should institute accreditation & quality standards for NPWT suppliers, prior to bidding for a government contract.

These standards will ensure suppliers can deliver the essential elements for safe and effective use of NPWT in the home, such as requiring 24/7 clinical support along with educational support available to home care patients.”

FDA alerts healthcare providers about negative pressure wound therapy

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

FDA alerts healthcare providers about negative pressure wound therapy

As Wound Care Certified professionals, many of you have used or are familiar with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). WCEI attempts to keep all students and WCC professionals up to date with current news and information. Today,the Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert about deaths and serious complications associated with the use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). You can read more about this alert at McKnight’s Long Term Care News & Assisted Living

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit Wound Care Education Institute’s website.