Posts Tagged ‘Wild On Wounds’

Maggots and Wound Care: The Not-So-Odd Couple

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The use of maggots in wound care is making a comeback – in the form of maggot debridement therapy – and wound clinicians can’t wait to talk about it.

Maggots and Wound Care

 

Most people don’t get too excited about maggots. In fact, the mere mention of legless larvae surely triggers gag responses and/or skin crawling in millions of non-healthcare citizens everywhere. But that’s definitely not the case for those of us in wound care.

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Ouch! Let’s Talk About Skin Tears

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This WCEI free webinar will help wound care professionals understand more about skin tears, including how to treat and prevent them (and help patients heal).

Skin Tears - Prevention and Management

If you’ve ever suffered a significant skin tear, then you know how painful they can be. The inevitable bleeding (and sometimes even disfigurement) during the healing process can take a toll, both physically and emotionally. So you can imagine how awful it would be to experience this same cycle of pain, over and over again.

Unfortunately, skin tears are a common occurrence with institutionalized patients (particularly in older adults), and often lead to further complications. In fact, a reported 1.5 million skin tears occur in this population each year, and that doesn’t even include unreported incidents occurring at home.

But we’re here to help, thanks to our own WCEI Clinical Instructor Gail Hebert, and her presentation at the 2015 Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas, “How To: Skin Tears – Prevention and Management.” In this free webinar (see access code below), you can listen to her recorded session and arm yourself with the latest information about skin tear treatment, prevention and management. You can also help to bring the number of annual skin tears down while protecting patients and helping support the facilities in which you work.

 

Gail Hebert, RN, BS, MS, CWCN, WCC, DWC, OMS, WCEI Clinical Instructor

Gail Hebert, RN, BS, MS, CWCN, WCC, DWC, OMS, WCEI Clinical Instructor

Ready to learn?

So what exactly is a skin tear? As Hebert explains in the webinar, it’s a traumatic wound caused by shear, friction and/or blunt force trauma that results in either a partial or full thickness injury. And while skin tears certainly occur, to think they are inevitable is short-sighted.

“Our role is to make sure we’ve done everything we can to minimize their occurrences,” says Hebert. “Not just by accepting that skin tears happen and move on, but to work hard at all the variables that can be controlled, so skin tears can be the exception rather than the rule.”

Through Hebert’s webinar, you will learn so much more about skin tears, including:

  • How to identify risks for skin tears and skin tear category classifications.
  • Current evidence-based recommendations for accurate skin tear assessment, prediction, treatment and prevention strategies.
  • Forms and tools you can put to use immediately.

“Skin tears are considered to be negative patient outcomes,” adds Hebert. “So in terms of your facility’s reputation, you don’t want to be known as a place where an excessive number of skin tears take place.” In other words, if people wonder if your facility is doing everything it can to prevent them, you want to be able to respond with a resounding, “Yes!”

 

What people have to say

Those who were able to attend Hebert’s session in person last summer at the WOW Conference had plenty of feedback to share. Here’s a sample:

 

 “Who knew there was enough on this subject matter to actually speak on it for one whole hour? It was great!”

“Excellent speaker, and was happy to hear that I was caring for skin tears in the right manner! Now I can go back to my facilities and students, and pass this information on! Thank you so much! Very engaging speaker!”

“This was a great review for me. I used last year’s skin tear outline to help build our skin tear policy, so I truly appreciate the updated outlines provided with this lecture.”

 

Go ahead, take the skin-tear plunge!

Are you ready to learn more about skin tears and put into practice your newfound knowledge?  Click here and use the code SKINTEARS to access this 60-minute recording, which qualifies for an education credit.

 

 

Tell us your stories

Have you made improvements in your own facility when it comes to skin-tear prevention? What were they, and what results have you noticed? Do you have any other suggestions for skin-tear treatment, prevention or assessment? Leave your comments below.

 

Wound Care Education Institute® provides online and onsite courses in the fields of Skin, Wound, Diabetic and Ostomy Management. 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.

Is That a Rash? Maybe, Maybe Not

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Rash“Take a look at this rash. What is it, and how should we treat it?”

Wound care specialists are often asked to evaluate rashes, and while we want to be competent and effective, sometimes we just don’t know the answer. Because, well … rashes are tricky. So what should you do, and how should you handle such situations?

 

WCEI Co-Founder Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

WCEI Co-Founder Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Check out this free webinar

We’ve got some great answers for you straight from WCEI Co-Founder Donna Sardina, RN, who led a powerful presentation this past summer at WOW 2015 in Las Vegas. This popular session was recorded, and is now available for viewing.

The one-hour webinar, It’s Not Just a Rash! So What Is It? What Do I Do? covered common dermatological conditions in patients, its etiology, and treatment choices. And now, for a limited time only, you have the chance to learn more about rashes from the best, including:

  • How to identify some of the most common dermatological conditions that can be present on your patients.
  • Possible treatment options.
  • When to consult a dermatologist.
  • Pertinent education options for your patient.
  • Additional information about basic rashes.

Learn more about skin

“The skin is the boundary between us and the outside world,” said Sardina. “It reflects internal changes and reacts to external ones. Usually, it adapts easily and returns to a normal state, but sometimes it fails to do so and a skin disorder appears.”

Because of the large number of conditions that can manifest as a generalized rash, Sardina said it’s important to look beyond the appearance of the rash itself and search for clues to determine the cause. This can include taking a closer look at the following:

  • The patient’s history
  • A physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • Skin biopsy

Check out the reviews

This workshop, which qualifies for educational credit, was a huge hit with WOW attendees. Here is some feedback from a few of the attendees:

  • This was so helpful to me! I get consults for any skin issue that comes up, including rashes/lesions. The pictures and descriptions were great!
  • I get called upon to look at “rashes” all the time, and have felt a little overwhelmed with it all. But now I feel that I can more effectively identify “rashes” and help with the patient’s plan of care, but still make sure to refer out appropriately and not practice outside my scope of practice.
  • LOVED IT! Thank you so much for presenting this topic. It’s often a struggle to evaluate some of these skin conditions.

Ready to learn about rashes? Check out the one-hour WOW session and see what it’s all about (education credit available). Use coupon code: RASH15. Offer is good through Jan. 4, 2016.

Tell us what you think

What have your experiences been when it comes to your patients and their rashes? Once you enjoy the webinar, please come back and let us know what you think? What were the biggest things you learned, and how will this information help you moving forward in your place of practice? Leave your comments below.

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Top Five Reasons to Attend WOW in Las Vegas

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Let’s face it, not everyone gets excited about wound care. Not everyone can study graphic wound photos while eating lunch with friends. But for those of us who can – for those of us who want to learn and study the healing of wounds – well, we get each other in a way that’s hard to describe.

That’s why attending the Wild on Wound (WOW) 2015 National Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 2-5, is so valuable. This annual event is dedicated to continuing education for all clinicians interested in healing wounds. You’ll get to hang out with like-minded skin enthusiasts, get your hands dirty, so to speak, and get better at doing that unique thing you do.

And if that’s not enough reason to get yourself to Vegas, then check out our Top Five Reasons why you should go:

Catch a BUZZ. The Buzz Report, a highlight of every WOW conference, features speakers and WCEI co-founders Nancy Morgan and Donna Sardina. You’ll find out what’s hot in wound care, including new products, guidelines, resources and tools.  It’s an information-packed session that, just by itself, is worth the trip.

Improve your skills. You’ll impress your friends and amaze even yourself with how elevated your clinical skills will be, thanks to a powerful lineup of interactive and advanced how-to sessions, along with plenty of hands-on workshops. You’ll get to participate in product training with industry experts that will advance your knowledge of wound care technologies. How does Sharp Debridement sound? Or what about Topical Wound Management? Whatever your interest, we’ve got you covered.

Meet your people. Sure, online interaction is great, but nothing – and we mean nothing – beats meeting new friends and talented colleagues face-to-face and in person. WOW provides the kind of networking opportunities that allow you to truly engage with others in a meaningful way. You can learn from fellow professionals and take comfort in knowing that other people get you and understand what you’re all about.

Be the best you can be. You’re good at what you do, no doubt about it. But all of us in health care need to maintain a competitive edge – for your organization, and for your patients. At the WOW conference you’ll be able to do amazing things, like review challenging wound cases through dramatic, interactive mock court trials and case studies. Staying ahead of your competitors is crucial, and learning the latest and greatest in would care treatments and techniques is imperative in our industry.

Have fun. Wound care is serious business. Whether it’s staying abreast of healthcare reform changes or learning about new treatment guidelines, being the best at what we do is paramount. And giving yourself the gift of this conference and everything it offers is a tangible way to revitalize, reenergize and find your wound care mojo. But we also know how important it is to enjoy the company of others and let your hair down, so to speak. The WOW conference affords attendees plenty of time to laugh, meet new people and enjoy each other in an unparalleled way.

Wound Care is ever an ever-changing industry, and it’s not easy to keep up with all the new information that’s out there on your own. Come join us at the WOW conference, revel in the company of other wound care clinicians, and enjoy the inspiration and passion of colleagues and industry leaders. We can’t wait to see you there.

47 Days to WOW Conference

Monday, August 4th, 2014

It’s not too late to register for WOW!  Don’t pass up the opportunity to network, learn and participate in some of the top wound management sessions. Jennifer talks about two of her sessions and what you can expect in this video.

Jennifer Oakley RN, WCC, CWCA, DWC, OMS, Clinical Instructor

SESSION 406

The Wound Care Quiz Connection
In this session you will have a plethora of wound care information presented in a fun and fast moving quiz format to get you and your colleagues thinking again without overloading you. Join Jennifer, test your knowledge and inspire others.
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SESSION 106
Finding Common Ground…Your Guide to Surviving Wound Care Communication ChallengesIn this session you will learn effective communication techniques that will enable you to effectively deal with the day-to-day challenges you face as a wound care clinician.
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Even our exhibitors and sponsors are getting in on the knowledge.
SESSION 702 
HANDS ON : Use of Collagenase SANTYL Ointment in Wound Bed Preparation

Amy Bruggeman NP, MS, APRN-BC

Proper wound bed preparation is crucial for wound repair to progress normally. The overall goal is to address the necrotic burden and achieve a stable wound with healthy granulation tissue.Debridement helps remove necrotic tissue, which is a key component to wound bed preparation.

This program will review wound bed preparation and the role of debridement. It will analyze evidence based medicine in the treatment of chronic wounds and it will summarize the benefits of Collagenase SANTYL® Ointment in chronic wound debridement.Don’t put it off any longer. Book your sessions today and get your hotel room ready.
See you in Vegas!
 

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Voting Is Open for “WHY I WANT TO GO TO WILD ON WOUNDS” Video Contest

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WOW2013_VOTE-CHAMP-CONTEST-EBLAST_500 The videos are up, the voting has begun and now we need your help!

Clinicians were asked to create a short video telling us why they should win a free trip to attend the annual Wild on Wounds “WOW” Conference at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Now they need your help.  Click on this link to cast your vote for your favorite video and help one of these deserving clinicians win a free trip.

Wild on Wounds “WOW”  is a national conference held each year with the goal of spreading the knowledge needed to be a successful wound care practitioner. It is a multidisciplinary event providing continuing education, exciting learning opportunities and a whole lot of fun! Hundreds of clinicians from all over come to be inspired by the dedication of fellow attendees and faculty, and to learn the “moves, footwork and punches” needed to deliver positive results for their wound patients.  All sessions are designed with clinicians and patients in mind and for the hands-on practitioner.

  • 49 sessions covering the latest in evidence based wound care
  • 21 “HOW-TO” sessions to choose from
  • 7 “HANDS-ON” series of sessions offered
  • 4 days of networking opportunities and more!

For more details, visit our website at www.woundseminar.com

Win a Free Trip to “WOW” Wild On Wounds Conference 2013

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

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The “Why I Want To Go To WOW” Video Contest is now open for submissions

Wound Care Education Institute wants to know why you should win a trip to attend the WOW Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas.  Submit a 3  minute video telling us why it’s important for you to attend WOW and you could win a complete trip which includes air travel, hotel stay for 4 nights and access to the WOW 2013 Conference.
How to Enter:
Eligible clinicians must submit their video entries via email to nancy@wcei.net.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  5:00pm CST on Friday June 21, 2013
Contest is open to current licensed clinicians only. Each entry must include the participant’s first name, last name, home address, email address, written confirmation that the participant is 21 years of age or older, phone number including area code, all required video release forms and either an attachment of, or link to, the video. Video must not exceed 3 minutes in length. Only one entry per person will be permitted and all requirements must be met in order to qualify. For complete details See Entry Requirements for complete details.

Check Out Our 2012 Winning Video – CLICK HERE

If it Wasn’t Documented, It Wasn’t Done! Documentation Woes! Part 2

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

http://www.wcei.net . Cindy Broadus RN discusses Defensive Documentation.

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

If it wasn’t Documented, It wasn’t done!

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

How many times have we all heard, “If it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done”? Far too often, we’re sure. Seriously, we as clinicians should take note of our documentation practices. Below is a short clip (Part 1 of 4) in which WCEI’s own Cindy Broadus RN, presented to the attendees at the Wild On Wounds Conference in Las Vegas NV in September. Her session was titled “If It Wasn’t Documented, It Wasn’t Done! Documentation Woes”.

Here was the description of the session: 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 health care 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.

Cindy always knocks it out of the park! Great job Cindy!

Its Not Too Late to Register for the Wild On Wound Conference!

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

The Wild on Wounds Conference is coming up soon. Its not too late to register for the Wild On Wounds Conference in Las Vegas , Nevada being held September 10-12, 2009. For those of you on the fence about attending you can find more information about some of the seminar sessions at www.woundseminar.com

Come brush on on your debridement skills or learn about Maggot Therapy among other modalities.

This year’s Wild On Wounds Seminar will be held at the Paris Hotel right on the Vegas strip!