Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Certification’

WCC Recertification: It’s Easier Than You Think

Friday, September 15th, 2017

What does it take to get WCC® recertified? A little preparation goes a long way – here’s what you need to know.  

WCC® Recertification: It's Easier Than You Think

 

Earning your Wound Care Certified® (WCC®) credential is one of the best feelings in the world. Once the exam is behind you (what a relief!), you can take all that new knowledge back to your practice and continue making a positive impact in wound care.  So, it’s completely understandable how tempting it can be to delay even thinking about recertification.

But trust us when we tell you that planning and preparing ahead of time will make it so much easier in the long run. When you’re ready for the nitty-gritty, please consult the WCC® Recertification Handbook. For now, let’s take a look at the basic – and surprisingly easy – steps of the WCC® recertification process.

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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!

You Be The Judge…and Jury!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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You Be The Judge…and The Jury!

Julia Melendez RN, BSN, JD, CWOCN
Ever wondered what it’s like to be in the courtroom defending the wound care you provided?  So what happens and how does it all work?
This session will feature a mock trial demonstration portraying pitfalls encountered in the courtroom. Brush up on your acting skills. We will be selecting participants from the audience to be the players in this lawsuit.

SESSION #403: You Be The Judge…and Jury (Interactive)  

Come join us at the Wild On Wounds National Conference September 2-5, 2015 in Las Vegas, where you will learn the current standards of care in skin and wound management. Choose from a variety of essential to advanced educational sessions which include hands-on workshops, “learn it today and do it tomorrow” training, and interactive sessions.

Spend 3+ days with onside industry experts who will provide answers to your challenging wound healing questions, one-on-one product demonstrations, and hands-on training.

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Wound Care Certification

This 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 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.

 

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Ostomy Management Specialist Certification

This 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.

 

To register for a course visit  www.wcei.net

 

2014 Annual Wild On Wounds, (“WOW”) National Conference Sets Record Attendance

Friday, September 26th, 2014

For Immediate Release – PRN Newswire:

2014 Annual Wild on Wounds, (“WOW”) National Conference

Sets Record Attendance

Plainfield IL – September 29, 2014 The Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI) successfully completed its largest “Wild on Wounds” (WOW) conference in Las Vegas, NV. WOW is fast becoming the largest fall wound care conference in the United States drawing close to 1,000 clinicians, students and industry professionals to the four day event.   Picture1

WOW is specifically designed to advance the skills and knowledge of healthcare professionals specializing in wound care.  The educational sessions and hands-on workshops help them stay on top of ‘today’s standards of care’ and teaches the latest in wound care treatments and technologies.  “I  was  overwhelmed  by  the  outpouring  of  thanks  and  gratitude  from  the attendees,” said Nancy Morgan, Cofounder of WCEI and WOW.

This conference appropriately themed “Skin is in” was held at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center, September 17-20, 2014. Highlights of the conference included:

  • Close to 1,000 practicing nurses, therapist, physicians and industry professionals who influence wound care decisions from all care environments
  • 50+ basic to advanced educational sessions
  •  20 “How-To” and “Hands-On” programs
  • Renowned speakers and industry experts
  • Live certification courses include Skin and Wound Care, Diabetic Wound Care and Ostomy Management
  • Exhibitor partners
  • Clinical poster presentations
  • Wound Care Certified (WCC®) Outstanding Achievement and Scholarship Awards

WOW 2015

Next year’s WOW conference will be held September 2-5, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.  If you are interested in receiving more details about WOW 2015 email WCEI at info@wcei.net.

 

About the Wound Care Education Institute

WCEI provides healthcare professionals with ongoing education support and comprehensive online and nationwide 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®).   Website: www.wcei.net

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

 

Wild on Wounds Contest Winner!

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Congratulations to Gayle Audenried from Moab Regional Hospital in Moab Utah. She is the winner of the “Why I Want To Go To WOW” contest.  Gayle receives an all expense Contest Winnerpaid trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2012 Wild on Wounds Conference at the Caesars Palace Hotel.  Each participant submitted a 3 minute video telling our alumni why they wanted to go to WOW.  Gayle’s video received over 400 votes. Her creativity really paid off.  To view Gayle’s video click here.

We also wish to thank our other participants.  Lona Gless, Andrea Hinojos and Sharon Pavelka.

Wild on Wounds Conference is being held September 12-15, 2012 in Las Vegas at the Caesars Palace.  Details can be found at www.woundseminar.com.

How To: Writing Policies and Procedures for Wound Care

Monday, July 18th, 2011
Policies and Procedures
Are your Policies and Procedures up-to-date? Advances in wound care and the standards of care dictate what we as clinicians should be doing in our settings. If you are practicing and providing care, you should be following your Policies and Procedures and reviewing them on a consistent basis. How To: Writing Policies and Procedures for Wound Care will be presented by Debra Clair Ph.D., RN, APN, WOCN, WCEI Instructor at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas September 7-10,2011

Discover the secrets of producing logical, clearly written, and easy to-follow procedures for operating your wound care programs safely and efficiently to produce quality results. This course will teach you how to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate procedures and training needs most effectively at your care setting.

Attending the Wild on Wounds National Conference can earn you up to 23 Contact Hours!!!!!!

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

SKIN AND WOUND MANAGEMENT COURSES FOR JULY 2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Wound Care Certification Course


WCEI offers wound care courses throughout the USA year long.  Below you will find the list of scheduled dates and locations for our July 2011 wound care classes. In addition, for groups or organizations that want to host their own wound care course, we will come to you at the location of your choice.

July 2011 Courses:

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL Thursday, July 07, 2011 – Sunday, July 10, 2011
  • Phoenix, AZ Thursday, July 07, 2011 – Sunday, July 10, 2011
  • Latham, NYTuesday, July 12, 2011 – Friday, July 15, 2011
  • Baltimore, MDThursday, July 14, 2011 – Sunday, July 17, 2011
  • Irving (Dallas Area), TXMonday, July 18, 2011 – Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Coraopolis (Pittsburgh Area), PAThursday, July 21, 2011 – Sunday, July 24, 2011
  • Edison, NJThursday, July 28, 2011 – Sunday, July 31, 2011

For more details and Registration Click Here

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.

Dermagraft and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Dermagraft

As Wound Care Certified Professionals, it is with certainty that we have come across and treat patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Its a growing epidemic among the population of people who suffer from diabetes. So what modalities and treatment regimens are you utilizing to deliver the care to the patients who suffer from these ulcerations? One such product that is being used in the Operating rooms, Surgi-centers and Outpatient Wound Care Centers is a product called Dermagraft.

Below is a brief video about Dermagraft, followed by some information that I found on Dermagraft’s Website.

Dermagraft® is a cryopreserved human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute; it is composed of fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and a bioabsorbable scaffold.

Dermagraft is manufactured from human fibroblast cells derived from newborn foreskin tissue. During the manufacturing process, the human fibroblasts are seeded onto a bioabsorbable polyglactin mesh scaffold. The fibroblasts proliferate to fill the interstices of this scaffold and secrete human dermal collagen, matrix proteins, growth factors, and cytokines to create a three-dimensional human dermal substitute containing metabolically active, living cells. Dermagraft does not contain macrophages, lymphocytes, blood vessels, or hair follicles.

Dermagraft is supplied frozen in a clear bag containing one piece of approximately 2” x 3” for a single-use application.

Dermagraft Overview

  • Description – Human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute
  • Composition – Composed of human fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and bioabsorbable scaffold; does not contain macrophages, lymphocytes, blood vessels, or hair follicles
  • Cultured In Vitro
  • Mode of Action – Re-epithelialization — assists in the restoration of the dermal bed, allowing wounds to heal (when implanted into adequately prepared diabetic foot ulcers)
  • Primary Indication – For use in the treatment of full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers
  • Product Number – 11045

Dermagraft Indication

Dermagraft is indicated for use in the treatment of full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers greater than 6 weeks duration, which extend through the dermis, but without tendon, muscle, joint capsule, or bone exposure. Dermagraft should be used in conjunction with standard wound care regimens and in patients who have adequate blood supply to the involved foot.

Contraindications:

  • Dermagraft is contraindicated for use in ulcers that have signs of clinical infection or in ulcers with sinus tracts
  • Dermagraft is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to bovine products, as it may contain trace amounts of bovine proteins from the manufacturing medium and storage solution

Adverse events included local wound infection, osteomyelitis, and/or cellulitis.1

Dermagraft Safely Gets Patients Back in Action

Proprietary Cryopreservation Process Ensures Confidence

Dermagraft is cryopreserved to allow long-term maintenance of tissue integrity and cellular viability. Cryopreservation of Dermagraft offers a number of additional product benefits:

  • Allows for safety testing prior to shipping and application
  • Provides longer shelf life-long-term storage (up to 6 months) when stored at -75°C ± 10°C

There have been no reported immunological responses or rejections from patients that received Dermagraft.

Manufacturing Safety

Each lot of Dermagraft is tested and results are known before it is released.

Final product microbiological testing:

  • Final product sterility
  • Endotoxin (cryopreservation solution)
  • Endotoxin (tissue)
  • Mycoplasma by DNA fluorochrome stain
  • Direct cultivation of mycoplasma
(28 day test by approved 3rd party laboratory)

Adverse Events

Dermagraft was safe and well-tolerated. The most common adverse effects occurring in the Dermagraft (n=163) and control (n=151) groups included all randomized patients, respectively, were infection at study wound (10.4% vs 19.9%), infection not at study wound all randomized patients (10.4% vs 9.3%), accidental injury (10.4% vs 11.9%), and skin dysfunction/blister (9.8% vs 13.2%). The overall incidence of adverse events was approximately the same for both the Dermagraft and control groups. No adverse laboratory findings were associated with the use of Dermagraft and no adverse device effects were reported in the study. The number of patients who developed study ulcer-related adverse events (ie, local wound infection, osteomyelitis, cellulitis) was significantly lower in the Dermagraft-treated group (19%) as compared with the control group (32.5%, P=0.007; Table 3).

Event Dermagraft (n=163) Control (n=151)
Infection 17 (10.4%)* 27 (17.9%)
Osteomyelitis 14 (8.6%) 13 (8.6%)
Cellulitis 12 (7.4%) 14 (9.3%)
Overall 31 (19.0%)† 49 (32.5%)

*P=0.073 vs control; †P=0.007 vs control.

For full safety information, please reference the Dermagraft Directions for Use.

Advanced BioHealing, Inc, (ABH) is a leader in regenerative medicine focused on the development and marketing of cell-based and tissue-engineered products. For more information about ABH and Dermagraft, visit www.ABH.com, or click here for other inquiries.

References
  1. Marston WA, Hanft J, Norwood P, Pollak R; Dermagraft Diabetic Foot Ulcer Study Group. The efficacy and safety of Dermagraft in improving the healing of chronic diabetic foot ulcers: results of a prospective randomized trial. Diabetes Care. 2003;26(6):1701-1705.
  2. http://www.Dermagraft.com

I was able to find another video from Advanced BioHealing on the Manufacturing Process. It may be useful to understand the overview:

For more information about Dermagraft please visit their website at http://www.Dermagraft.com

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit http://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.