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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.

Social Media and Wound Care

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Here you are reading this blog on WCEI.net about wound care. Whats all the buzz about Social Media anyway? For that matter what is Social Media and how do you use it? In short it is interacting with one another. Being social is part of our very fabric as humans and though we are Professionals, there is a social aspect to our encounters with patients. We learn from one another in social interaction, provide value, deliver goods and services, share emotions and much  more.

Providing wound care is no different. There is interaction with a care giver and a patient who needs the help, guidance and expertise of a wound care certified professional. We teach our patients with each new encounter, how to change dressings or discuss their status and/or prognosis. Sometimes those lessons stick and sometimes they don’t. What happens when the patients leave the clinic or office? What happens to the patients until the next encounter? Is there follow through? What interactive resources exist outside of the encounters we have with our patients?

Tools exist now for us to communicate beyond the clinic , nursing home or hospital. The very internet you are using now to read this blog post is under utilized. We are so connected and have an opportunity to share so much more through these tools. Facebook allows us to connect with friends and colleagues and even our patients. We have the opportunity to share our thoughts, ask questions, share photographs and videos. The potential for learning is nothing short than amazing! For virtually no cost, you can talk with someone on the other side of the country through services like Skype or ooVoo or iChat.

So my question and challenge to you is, How can you utilize these tools, this social media, to better serve your patients for wound care? Telemedicine? Consultation? What about sharing of ideas, pictures and videos on rare cases? We would love to hear how you picture Social Media being utilized by the medical profession and wound care certified nurses.

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Come check out the Wound Care Education Institute on Facebook here and add us as a friend. Discuss you wound care situations with us there, or check us out on Twitter.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

hbotAs an adjunctive therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one that holds a lot of promise. The therapy consists of a person entering a chamber, either a monoplace (one person) or multiplace chamber (many people) and breathing nearly 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than sea level for a prescribed amount of time. A patient is typically “at pressure” for ninety (90) minutes. The patient is usually in the chamber for a total of about two (2) hours, since it takes approximately 9-16 minutes to get ‘down’ to therapeutic pressure and the same amount of time to ‘come back up’ to sea level pressure.

The goal of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is to increase the amount of pressure and dissolved oxygen that is delivered to the body tissues. The pressure lends assistance to significantly increase tissue oxygenation in hypoperfused, or infected wounds.

HBOT is typically indicated for compromised wounds that are Diabetic Wagner Grade III, Acute Arterial Insufficiency, Gas Gangrene, Osteomyelitis (Failed convention wound therapy and s/p antibiotic therapy), compromised flaps and grafts, and osteoradionecrosis or effects of radiation. Here are some interesting case studies.

For more information about wound care and WCEI’s Wound Care Certification course click here

WCEI’s Donna Sardina RN, to discuss Wound Care on McKnight’s Online Expo

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Wound Care Education Institute’s own Donna Sardina RN will be discussing Wound Care issues and LTC Regulations on McKnights LTC Magazine Online Tradeshow-LIVE online on March 25th. Lets show our support by attending this online Expo. This Expo is FREE. Here is the link to sign up. McKnight’s Online Expo