Posts Tagged ‘Skin and Wound Management Course’

You know you’re a wound care clinician when…

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Wound care clinicians are a unique group of professionals with special superpowers:  X-ray vision into the depths of the wound, the ability to smell every type of bacteria, and the drive to heal every wound, no matter what it takes.  Does this sound like you?

1.  You can eat pizza while viewing wound photos.

Eating pizza while reviewing wound photos

 

 

 

2.  You check your pet’s water dish for a slimy biofilm.

Drinking dog

 

 

 

3.  You start naming off anatomy while preparing turkey.

Turkey anatomy lesson

 

 

 

4.  You study the street maggots in the trash and think about how great medical maggots are at debriding wounds

Street maggots

 

 

 

5.  You look at a dressing and wish you could add bling.

Boo Boo Bling

photo courtesy of www.boobooblingshop.com.

 

 

 

6.  Your family can’t handle your workday stories at the dinner table.

Grossing our the family at dinner table

 

If you found yourself nodding, you’re clearly a “Wild on Wounds” superhero.  Keep on healing and have a WOUNDerful day!

Wild On Wounds Conference Early Registration Savings

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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When you register early, you save $100 and you will have first choice in selecting all conference sessions. The early discount rate expires May 1, 2015.  Register today!

Industry and clinical experts will provide training, product demonstrations and will help answer your “hard to heal” wound questions.

Join us in Las Vegas, September 2-5, 2015 and network with hundreds of passionate wound care clinicians with the same goal in mind, to advance their wound care knowledge.

About WOW

Wild On Wounds is a national conference dedicated to clinicians who want to enhance their knowledge and learn current standards of care in skin and wound care. Attend lecture sessions, participate in hands-on workshops and learn all the new products and technologies from industry experts.

Full Conference Registration Includes:

  • Access to educational sessions over 3.5 days
  • Access to product experts during the exhibitor showcase
  • Lunch on each registered day
  • Poolside get-together with a robust buffet
  • FREE cyber cafe to check emails, complete onsite evaluations, etc
  • Complimentary collectible event T-shirt
  • And more!

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WOUND CARE CERTIFICATION – This Wound Care Certified (WCC®) course offers an evidence-based approach to wound management and current standards of practice to keep clinicians legally defensible at bedside.

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DIABETIC WOUND CERTIFICATION – This Diabetic Wound Certified (DWC®) course takes you through the science of the disease process, focuses on limb salvage and prevention, and covers the unique needs of a diabetic patient.

WCEI2015_OMS_BUTTON_revOSTOMY CERTIFICATION – This Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) course will take you through the anatomy and physiology of the systems involved in fecal/urinary diversions. The course includes hands-on workshops and online pre-course modules.

 

CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DETAILS

 

What’s Up Down There? Identifying and Treating IAD

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Identifying Incontinence Associated Dermatitis or IAD can be a challenge for wound care clinicians as often it is confused and mislabeled as a pressure ulcer. We need A Questionto get good at identifying the true root cause of what has caused the skin breakdown. This IAD skin damage is damage that occurs from the top layers of the skin down where the pressure ulcer damage starts down deep when vessels are occluded from pressure. IAD is an inflammation of the perineal skin that has come into contact with urine or stool for an extended period of time and this has lead to skin damage.

IAD may present as an area of erythema, blistered, edematous and or a denuded area, but it will be free of necrosis. There may be epidermal loss and the skin damage will always remain partial thickness in nature. The patient may experience pain and complain of itching or burning as well.

Contributing factors for developing IAD include the patients generalized tissue tolerance of the skin, the tissue perfusion and oxygenation. The patient’s perineal environment is another risk factor, how much is moisture present on the skin. The toileting ability of the patient can also increase the risk for developing IAD and any mechanical trauma the skin must endure must also be considered a risk factor as well.

When our patient is at risk for IAD or develops IAD we must put appropriate interventions in place. These include a good skin care regimen with a gentle cleansing of the skin using a mild soap or no rinse soap. We need to use products that will maintain the PH of the skin.  Institute interventions such as patting the skin dry, no rubbing. Moisturize the skin with a product that contains humectant like glycerin, lanolin or mineral oil and use emollients to restore the lipids that have
been lost and apply to the skin when damp. Protect the skin from urine and stool with a moisture barrier ointment that contains zinc oxide, dimethicone or petrolatum or a combination of them.

Institute patient specific interventions for those risk factors that have been identified.  Interventions such as toileting schedules, open systems at night to avoid use of briefs, fecal collection devices, urinary catheters, and low air loss support surfaces may be needed and appropriate. If the IAD is severe topical wound therapy with dressings may be necessary. If candidiasis were suspected further fungal treatment and medical evaluation would be warranted as well.  A good preventive plan of care for the incontinent patient is a must!  For further information Click Here.

 

Cartilage Is Present…Now How Do I Stage It?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

(For the latest information based on the 2016 NPAUP Staging System, visit the 9/16/16 blog, “Pressure Injuries with Cartilage? Stage Away”)

In the human body the cartilage is found in joints, rib cage, ear, nose, bronchial tubes, and between the inter-vertebral discs. Most often we as wound clinicians see Printcartilage just below the bridge of the nose or on the ear in our patients with pressure ulcers.

Many clinicians continually question themselves how to stage a wound with visible or palpable cartilage present. After all cartilage does serves the same function as bone, but the word “cartilage” itself is not found in the stage IV definition from the NPUAP.  So how do you stage the pressure ulcer with visible or palpable cartilage?

Well here is your answer: In August of 2012 the National Pressure Advisory Panel released a statement that stated: “Although the presence of visible or palpable cartilage at the base of a pressure ulcer was not included in the stage IV terminology; it is the opinion of the NPUAP that cartilage serves the same anatomical function as bone. Therefore, pressure ulcers that have exposed cartilage should be classified as a Stage IV.”

What that means is any pressure ulcer where you can see or feel cartilage, it will be classified as a stage IV pressure ulcer. There is your answer, simply put: if you have cartilage present in the wound, you stage it as a stage IV pressure ulcer.

For a FREE Webinar called “Pressure Ulcer Staging and Tissue Types”  Click Here or visit http://www.wcei.net/webinars.   Use Coupon Code: BLOG.

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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Assessment and Hands On Lab

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Donna Sardina RN, MHA, WCC, DWC, OMS

Donna Sardina RN, MHA, WCC, DWC, OMS

Do you know the components of a Diabetic Foot Exam? It is so important that all of us in wound care know the steps to preventing foot ulcers on our diabetic patients.  And that starts with a routinely scheduled comprehensive foot exam.

Donna Sardina took us through all the aspects of a comprehensive exam during the pre-conference session “Diabetic Foot Assessment.”

The key word here is comprehensive. A proper exam involves much more than just a test of sensation using a Semmes Weinstein monofilament or a tuning fork. What about skin color, texture, temperature, foot deformities, nail deformities, glucose control, and critically important perfusion status. Did you know that it is estimated that 50% of amputations in diabetics are a direct result of improper footwear? That statement gets my attention every time I hear it.

In this session we learned how to examine our patient’s footwear for signs of trouble. Included in the handouts was a document “Diabetes: Shoe Fitting Tips” that will be extremely helpful when putting our knowledge into practice. In recognition of the fact that we are not all specialists in the diabetic foot, Donna shared a “Simplified Sixty Second Foot Screen” published by Dr. Sibbald in 2012. It is a validated tool that has just 10 items on it that can be completed in less than 60 seconds. This seminar was empowering to all who attended and gave us the tools we need to make a difference in this at risk population.

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Wound Care Education Institute 2013 Class Schedule Posted

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI®) is the official certification course for Wound Care Certified® (WCC®), Diabetic Wound Certified (DWC®) and the new Ostomy Management Specialist™ (OMS).

Wound Care Education Institute

Wound Care Education Institute

WCEI is a dedicated center of education designed to provide students with comprehensive training programs taught by top-notch, up-beat instructors. Our training is practical, valuable, interesting, fun, high energy and interactive. On-site courses are located at multiple locations throughout the U.S.  and most are offered as a self-paced computer based module.

Upon successful completion of our programs, eligible medical professionals can then complete an on-site exam offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care® to achieve their National Certification in Wound Care (WCC®), Diabetic Wound Management (DWC®) or Ostomy Management Specialist℠ (OMS). Eligible medical professionals include: RNs, LPN/LVNs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, NPs, PAs, and MD/DOs.

Visit our website for individual class schedules at www.wcei.net

 

Skin and Wound Management Courses for February 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Skin and Wound Management Course

February 2011 Events

Thursday, February 03, 2011 – Sunday, February 06, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Philadelphia, PA
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, February 07, 2011 – Friday, February 11, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: East Elmhurst, NY
Monday, February 07, 2011 – Friday, February 11, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Lowell, MA
Thursday, February 10, 2011 – Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Las Vegas, NV
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, February 14, 2011 – Friday, February 18, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: East Brunswick, NJ
Thursday, February 17, 2011 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: San Francisco, CA
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, February 21, 2011 – Friday, February 25, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Chino, CA
San Bernardino Area
Monday, February 21, 2011 – Friday, February 25, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC
Monday, February 28, 2011 – Friday, March 04, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Madison, WI
Sponsored by Metastar and Wisconsin Health Care Association

Course Info

Our Skin and Wound Management Course is designed to provide participants with the best practices in wound care, the science behind healing wounds, and the most current standards of practice.  At the end of the course, for those that pursue wound certification the National Alliance of Wound Care® provides the  WCC® exam.  Click here to view our detailed course curriculum.

Become Wound Care Certified with WCEI’s Wound Care Course
Or just simply take the course for your own knowledge and benefit.  Our wound certification course is an informative and empowering week for anyone interested in learning more about healing wounds.

Individuals who are not eligible for wound care certification may also attend the course. Wound-related product sales representatives or other non-clinicians can gain valuable insight into the business and science of wound care, thus giving them an edge over their competition.

Wound Care Certification

WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course meets the pre-requisite requirement for the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) certification exam. Eligible participants are given the option to take the wound examination onsite.  Please click here to view the requirements for wound care certification.

The Wound Care Certification Exam

The NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination is administered at the conclusion of the course for those who meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the certification exam. The test is administered by NAWC – the National Alliance of Wound Care.

The Advantages of Wound Care Certification

  • Earning a wound specialist certification offers many advantages and benefits including:
  • Increased consumer/patient confidence
  • Feelings of pride, self-satisfaction and confidence for the certified wound specialist
  • Enhanced career opportunities and accelerated career advancement including higher pay levels – CLICK HERE to view pay scale for WCC.
  • Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect
“Being certified has made a great difference in my professional life!”

–Deb Hans, RN, WCC®, Loxahatchee, FL


Course Atmosphere

The Skin and Wound Management Course is taught in a fun, relaxed and professional environment.  The classes are upbeat, positive, high energy, and designed specifically for health care professionals.  Classes are interactive to maintain participants’ energy and interest levels; and all of the instructors are dynamic presenters who use lots of visuals, a variety of learning styles, interesting examples and humor as part of their instruction styles.  We promise you won’t be bored.

Here’s what one satisfied participant had to say about WCEI’s wound care certification program:

“Thanks for such a great experience. … The classes were never boring; there was always something new  that I was learning.    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! “

–Sue Tredenick, LPN, WCC®, Lansdowne, PA


Course Details
Please click here for course content details or click here for class dates and locations.  If you’re interested in hosting a class, please visit our Host a Class page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes soon.

Skin and Wound Management Courses in January 2011

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Skin and Wound Management Course

Course Info

Bring in the new year and plan to take your Wound Care to the next level by becoming Wound Care Certified! Below are the upcoming dates and locations that the Wound Care Education Institute will be providing their Skin and Wound Management Course as well as the NAWC Certification Examination.

January 2011 Events
Monday, January 24, 2011 – Friday, January 28, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: New Orleans, LA
Thursday, January 27, 2011 – Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Sacramento, CA
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, January 31, 2011 – Friday, February 04, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Dallas, TX

Our Skin and Wound Management Course is designed to provide participants with the best practices in wound care, the science behind healing wounds, and the most current standards of practice.  At the end of the course, for those that pursue wound certification the National Alliance of Wound Care® provides the  WCC® exam.  Click here to view our detailed course curriculum.

Become Wound Care Certified with WCEI’s Wound Care Course
Or just simply take the course for your own knowledge and benefit.  Our wound certification course is an informative and empowering week for anyone interested in learning more about healing wounds.

Individuals who are not eligible for wound care certification may also attend the course. Wound-related product sales representatives or other non-clinicians can gain valuable insight into the business and science of wound care, thus giving them an edge over their competition.

Wound Care Certification

WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course meets the pre-requisite requirement for the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) certification exam. Eligible participants are given the option to take the wound examination onsite.  Please click here to view the requirements for wound care certification.

The Wound Care Certification Exam

The NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination is administered at the conclusion of the course for those who meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the certification exam. The test is administered by NAWC – the National Alliance of Wound Care.

The Advantages of Wound Care Certification

  • Earning a wound specialist certification offers many advantages and benefits including:
  • Increased consumer/patient confidence
  • Feelings of pride, self-satisfaction and confidence for the certified wound specialist
  • Enhanced career opportunities and accelerated career advancement including higher pay levels – CLICK HERE to view pay scale for WCC.
  • Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect
“Being certified has made a great difference in my professional life!”

–Deb Hans, RN, WCC®, Loxahatchee, FL


Course Atmosphere

The Skin and Wound Management Course is taught in a fun, relaxed and professional environment.  The classes are upbeat, positive, high energy, and designed specifically for health care professionals.  Classes are interactive to maintain participants’ energy and interest levels; and all of the instructors are dynamic presenters who use lots of visuals, a variety of learning styles, interesting examples and humor as part of their instruction styles.  We promise you won’t be bored.

Here’s what one satisfied participant had to say about WCEI’s wound care certification program:

“Thanks for such a great experience. … The classes were never boring; there was always something new  that I was learning.    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! “

–Sue Tredenick, LPN, WCC®, Lansdowne, PA


Course Details
Please click here for course content details or click here for class dates and locations.  If you’re interested in hosting a class, please visit our Host a Class page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes soon.

Anasept Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Gel

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Anasept Gel

Anasept Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Gel

Product Feature: Anasept Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Gel

Anasept® Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Gel is indicated
for use by Health Care Professionals in the
management of wounds:

  • Partial to full thickness
  • Infected wounds from mild to moderate exudate:
  • Pressure ulcers (Stage I-IV)
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Surgical incisions/wounds
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • First and second degree burns
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Grafted wound or donor sites Intact and/or irritated skin

HOSPITAL AND PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Anasept Antimicrobial skin and wound Gel is a clear,
amorphous, isotonic hydrogel wound dressing that helps
maintain moist wound enviroment that is conductive to healing,
by either absorbing wound exudate  or donating moisture while
delivering broad spectrum antimicrobial sodiumhypochlorite.
Anasept Gel inhibits the growth of microorganisms, such as
staphlyococcus aureus, psuedomonas aeruginosa,
Escherichia  coli, proteus mirabilias, serratia marcescens,
Acinetobacter baumannii, methicillin resistant staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA), and Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus
faecalis (VRE) that are commonly found in wound bed, as well
as, fungi such as candida albicans and aspergillus niger.

Safety:
Anasept Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Gel has been subjected
to rigorous safety and toxicological evaluations to comply with
FDA regulations at an independent FDA registered testing
facility and shown to meet all criteria for safe use.
• Modified Skin Irritation Study(FSHA method- 7 day exposure
with repeated insult to intact and abraded skin)

  • Cytotoxicity (USP Agar diffusion test)
  • Systemic Toxicity (USP)
  • ISO Sensitization Study

CLINICALLY TESTED:
Anasept Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Cleanser, the liquid
version of Anasept Antimicrobial Skin and Wound Gel is
clinically proven to reduce wound bioburden levels and improve
the rate of healing.

Economical:
Substantial savings over silver based wound dressings and
gels.

Warnings:
External Use Only. Discontinue use if redness or irritation
develops.
Do Not Use in the eyes or apply over large areas of the body.

For more information about Anasept or other treatment products, please visit http://www.woundcentral.com

For more information about  Wound Care Certification or WCEI‘s Skin and Wound Management Course, please visit http://www.wcei.net

Upcoming Skin and Wound Management Courses

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

The Wound Care Education Institute will be conducting a Skin and Wound Management Course in the upcoming cities on :
Thursday, September 09, 2010 – Sunday, September 12, 2010

Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 W Touhy Ave
Skokie, IL 60077

Friday, September 10, 2010 – Monday, September 13, 2010

Northeastern Ohio Universities
Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
4209 State Route 44
Rootstown, OH 44272

Our Skin and Wound Management Course is designed to provide participants with the best practices in wound care, the science behind healing wounds, and the most current standards of practice.  At the end of the course, for those that pursue wound certification the National Alliance of Wound Care® provides the  WCC® exam.  Click here to view our detailed course curriculum.

Become Wound Care Certified with WCEI’s Wound Care Course
Or just simply take the course for your own knowledge and benefit.  Our wound certification course is an informative and empowering week for anyone interested in learning more about healing wounds.

Individuals who are not eligible for wound care certification may also attend the course. Wound-related product sales representatives or other non-clinicians can gain valuable insight into the business and science of wound care, thus giving them an edge over their competition.

Wound Care Certification

WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course meets the pre-requisite requirement for the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) certification exam. Eligible participants are given the option to take the wound examination onsite.  Please click here to view the requirements for wound care certification.

The Wound Care Certification Exam

The NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination is administered at the conclusion of the course for those who meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the certification exam. The test is administered by NAWC – the National Alliance of Wound Care.

The Advantages of Wound Care Certification

  • Earning a wound specialist certification offers many advantages and benefits including:
  • Increased consumer/patient confidence
  • Feelings of pride, self-satisfaction and confidence for the certified wound specialist
  • Enhanced career opportunities and accelerated career advancement including higher pay levels
  • Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect
“Being certified has made a great difference in my professional life!”

–Deb Hans, RN, WCC®, Loxahatchee, FL


Course Atmosphere

The Skin and Wound Management Course is taught in a fun, relaxed and professional environment.  The classes are upbeat, positive, high energy, and designed specifically for health care professionals.  Classes are interactive to maintain participants’ energy and interest levels; and all of the instructors are dynamic presenters who use lots of visuals, a variety of learning styles, interesting examples and humor as part of their instruction styles.  We promise you won’t be bored.

Here’s what one satisfied participant had to say about WCEI’s wound care certification program:

“Thanks for such a great experience. … The classes were never boring; there was always something new  that I was learning.    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! “

–Sue Tredenick, LPN, WCC®, Lansdowne, PA

Course Content

WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course is a  four or five-day wound care training seminar consisting of classroom training.

For 5-Day Class Sessions

Days 1-4

Concentrated all-day wound care training sessions
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Day 5
NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Administered by National Alliance of Wound Care®) following WCEI’s wound care training.

4-Day Class sessions vary and may be customized to meet group needs.

Wound Care Training Course — Curriculum

Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy/Physiology of Skin
Physiological Process of Wound Healing

Wounds

Wound Assessment – Etiology – Characteristics
Wound Management Interventions
Wound Bed Preparation
Arterial, Vascular, and Diabetic Ulcers
Special Wound Care Needs
Adjunctive Treatment Modalities
Nutritional Management
Bacterial Burden
Continuity of Care

Professional/Legal

Evidence-based Practice Guidelines
Change, Conflict Management, Communication
Patient/Family Education
National Health Care Issues
Legal/Ethical Aspects, Quality of Care Issues
Cost Management/Budgeting
Professional Responsibilities
Resource Utilization
Wound Care Team
Coordination of Services – Multidisciplinary Approach

Our wound care training is practical, valuable, interesting, fun, high-energy and interactive.  Taught by top-notch, up-beat, high-energy instructors, the classes are specifically designed to hold the interest and maintain the energy level of health care professionals used to being active in their jobs.

Here’s what one WCEI wound care training participant had to say about our course:

“The course was superbly organized, information presented in excellent and interactive way. The atmosphere was friendly and supportive. I am very pleased with everything and will sincerely recommend the course to my colleagues.”

–Mario Skobic, MD, WCC®, LaCross, WI

To Register for our Skin and Wound Management Course upcoming dates and locations Click HERE