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Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Initiates Plan to Improve Wound Care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Hospital Association of Southern California

Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Initiates Plan to Improve Wound Care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Los Angeles, CA ― April 27, 2010 ― The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) will join forces to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers among patients served by Southern California’s hospitals, long-term care providers and home health agencies.  By offering the skin and wound management course with the WCC® certification exam, their goal will be to improve specialized wound care education, skills and certification of nursing staff, and to dramatically expand the pool of talent available to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health agencies trained in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.  HASC member hospitals, in partnership with the Health Services Advisory Group (the California QIO), are working to accelerate improvement in wound care and pressure ulcer prevention through the Southern California Patient Safety Collaborative.  This collaborative is part of Patient Safety First… a California Partnership for Health which is funded by Anthem Blue Cross.

A four-day skin and wound management training course followed by the WCC certification examination will be offered at three locations in Southern California. The WCC certification, offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®), provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination that the practitioner has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge.

  • July 26-30

VA Hospital, Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

11301 Wilshire Boulevard

Building 500, room 1281 (first floor)

Los Angeles, CA  90073-1003

  • July 30-August 3

Glendale Adventist Medical Center/Adventist Health

1509 Wilson Terrace

Glendale, CA  91206-4098

  • November 15-19

MemorialCare Health System, Corporate Offices

17360 Brookhurst St

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Licensed California hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health agencies within the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Santa Barbara areas may submit an application for employees who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a current employee of the facility submitting the application.
  • Applicant must hold an active, unrestricted license as Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Applicant must include documentation demonstrating that wound care has been a component of his/her job duties two years or more of the last five years.

Only qualified applicants within the designated areas are accepted for participation and the HASC course fee.  Participants will be required to attend all four days of the training class without any absences.  Participants or their organizations will be responsible for travel and lodging of participants, if necessary.

Instructions

1)      Complete the course application.

2)      Submit completed application along with $2,297 course fee to Wound Care Education Institute.  Make checks payable to Wound Care Education Institute or complete credit card section of the application.

3)      Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by email or phone within two business days of receiving application.

About the Hospital Association of Southern California

HASC’s mission is to lead, represent and serve hospitals, and work collaboratively with other stakeholders to enhance community health and safety. Our member hospitals are in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

About the Wound Care Education Institute

The mission of the Wound Care Education Institute is to develop multi-disciplinary wound care professionals in the United States by offering educational programs and clinical support, based on up-to-date wound care research, trends, and evidence-based practice. The Wound Care Education Institute offers a comprehensive skin and wound care training program at locations throughout the United States.

About NAWC

The NAWC is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in wound care through the certification of wound care practitioners. NAWC is the largest professional wound care credentialing and membership organization in the United States. The NAWC is among an elite group of more than 90 credentialing organizations that have received and maintained National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation. For more information about wound care certification, visit the website at www.nawccb.org.

Contact Information:

HASC Contact: Catherine Carson

ccarson@hasc.org

213-538-0789

515 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1300

Los Angeles, CA  90071

www.hasc.org

WCEI Contact: Mike Grivas

mike@wcei.net

847-732-3785

1700 Park Street, Suite 100

Naperville, IL  60563

www.wcei.net

Wound Care Seminar (WOW 2009 Pt 2)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Yesterday was a preview of  September 10, 2009 and the Pre-Conference Sessions for this year’s Wild on Wounds Conference. Below are some descriptions of the sessions for Friday September 11, 2009. We have some awesome speakers and interesting sessions lined up for you so check them out and get ready for Las Vegas!!!

  • Opening Session – Keynote
    David Crowe

    Go “ALL IN” on this one as it is a Sure Bet for a Full
    House as we practice our laughter skills with comedian
    David Crowe. David is the only comedian in history to
    have won both the Seattle and San Francisco International
    Stand-up Comedy Competitions. He won them back-toback,
    within nine months of each other. He spends most
    of his time on the road, headlining the best comedy clubs
    around the United States, Canada and Europe. He recently
    debuted his own one-hour special on ShowTime®, has
    appeared numerous times on Comedy Central® and is a
    favorite on the “Bob and Tom Show” which is syndicated to
    120 markets nationwide. In 1996 he was selected to open
    for President Bill Clinton at the Paramount Theater in Seattle.
  • The Buzz Report
    Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, ET, CWCN, WCC
    Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC

    This is your source for the latest breaking wound care
    news: What’s new! What’s now! What’s coming up! Donna
    and Nancy, WCEI co-founders, will bring you up to date
    on all things buzzable in wound care – new products,
    guidelines, resources and tools.
  • NPUAP Update 2009
    Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN, NPUAP President

    A detailed overview of the recent and upcoming accomplishments of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel will be
    presented in this session. This will include information on the Shear Initiative: the NPUAP-EPUAP International Pressure
    Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Guidelines, including highlights from the new sections in the guidelines (palliative care, pain,
    critical care) and NPUAP’s ongoing work with the CMS in the area of public policy related to pressure ulcer preventions, care
    and research. There will be time for an interactive audience question and answer period.
  • Principles & Practice of Maggot Debridement Therapy Part 1
    Ron Sherman, MD, MSc, DTM&H, Asst. Researcher University of California, Irvine, California
    Pam Mitchell

    Back by popular demand! Welcome back, Dr. Sherman!!! Taught in two sessions, you’ll get the didactic and the practical
    hands on. Learn about the history, biology, 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. Seats are limited! Sign up now!
  • Wheelchair Boot Camp
    Bill Richlen, PT, WCC, CWS Infinitus, LLC, WCEI Instructor

    When a patient is sitting, the ischial tuberosities are under great pressure forces of around 100 mmHg, making them one of the
    most common areas of pressure ulcer development. Due to improper positioning, the sacrum/coccyx and plantar aspect of the
    foot also become high risk areas. In this session we will discuss the common problems seen in seating, consider the postural concerns
    for the spine and pelvis, and demonstrate how to choose the appropriate cushions and properly fit wheelchairs for your patients.
  • The Diagnostic Basis of Wound Healing: The Lab and Beyond . . .
    Don Wollheim, MD, WCC, FAPWCA, IMPLEXUS Wound Care Service, LLC, WCEI Instructor

    Whether faced with diagnostic uncertainty, stalled wound healing or baseline assessment, utilizing scientific investigation can
    help uncover and identify underlying problems that are complicating wound healing. This session will include a comprehensive
    review of diagnostic tests and laboratory values that are critical for assessment and monitoring of wound and skin therapy.
  • Principles & Practice of Maggot Debridement Therapy Part 2
    Ron Sherman, MD, MSc, DTM&H, Asst. Researcher University of California, Irvine, California
    Pam Mitchell

    Back by popular demand! Welcome back, Dr. Sherman!!! Taught in two sessions, you’ll get the didactic and the practical
    hands on. Learn about the history, biology, 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. Seats are limited! Sign up now!
  • Palliative Care Practices for Wounds at End of Life
    Linda M. Hoplamazian, RN, BSN, MHA, WCC

    Wound care professionals can manage wounds at end of life by utilizing evidence-based standards from best practice for
    individualized care delivery. The challenge: Choosing the most effective approach to wound care while meeting the goals for
    providing quality palliative symptom management to the patient approaching end of life. Standardized practice guidelines will be
    presented for management of pressure ulcers and other types of common wounds seen at end of life.
  • If It Wasn’t Documented, It Wasn’t Done! Documentation Woes
    Cindy Broadus, RN, BSHA, LNHA, CLNC, CLNI, CHCRM, WCC, 3C Healthcare Consulting, LLC, WCEI Instructor

    The medical record is considered to be the most reliable source for determining what happened. It is a legal document, yet
    not always treated as such. With litigation lurking around the corner for every healthcare professional, we, as Wound Care
    Certified professionals, need to make sure our documentation is complete, concise and correct. Come on it and let’s talk
    about correct terms, techniques, and steps it will take to keep you out of trouble.

For those of you interested in becoming wound care certified, come to the Wild on Wounds Seminar in Las Vegas and learn from some these outstanding speakers. For details about becoming wound care certified go to WCEI.net.

We have some great sessions and a lot to learn. Come out to Las Vegas and meet up with your colleagues to learn about all of these great topics. Register Here.