Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Certification Course’

Genesis Medical Group becomes first CWCMS class!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
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Gensis Medical Group

Recently, a Wound Care Certification course was held in Aloha OR and The Genesis Medical Group became the first CWCMS class (Certified Wound Care Market Specialist). The Wound Care Education Institute would like to welcome the Genesis Medical Group to the WCEI family. Congrats!

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified or a CWCMS (Certified Wound Care Market Specialist), log on to WCEI.net

Test Your Pressure Ulcer Staging Skills

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Test Your Pressure Ulcer Staging Skills

Recently, we have been posting some Assessment skills related articles and WCEI co-founder, Donna Sardina RN, uploaded a slide presentation to Test Your Pressure Ulcer Staging Skills.

Go ahead and click on over to see how you do. Warning: The Presentation contains graphic photos

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, check out WCEI.net for upcoming class schedules

Wound Care Dressings: Hydrogel Dressings

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

In our day to day practices of wound care we deal with many types of wound care dressings. Today we will focus on Hydrogel Dressings.

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Description A three-dimensional network of hydrophilic polymers containing varying percentages of water, that bind great volumes of liquid due to the presence of hydrophilic residues. Hydrophilic properties enable them to absorb excess exudate while producing a moist wound environment. Formulations may vary, either glycerin based or contain 90% water in a gel base.  They are available in a sheets, gel, sprays, impregnated gauze or packing strips.

Function They provide for moist wound healing, autolytic debridement and are able to absorb a minimal amount of fluid. Hydrogels add moisture to the wound bed, are non-adherent and assist with pain relief when applied cold.

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When to Use:

  • Partial and full thickness wounds that are dry or moist
  • Granulating wounds

  • Abrasions, partial thickness burns
  • Skin reactions to radiation
  • Necrotic wound and wounds covered with eschar

Contraindications

  • Full thickness burns
  • Moderate to highly draining wounds

Advantages

  • Cooling and soothing
  • May be used on infected wounds.
  • Provides hydration of eschar and nonviable tissue to promote debridement.
  • Facilitates wound repair and epithelialization.

Disadvantages

  • Gel sheets: Must be cut to exact size of wound to prevent maceration of surrounding tissue.
  • Requires a secondary dressing cover.
  • Dehydrate if not covered.

Reminders

  • Care must be taken to avoid macerating surrounding skin.
  • Utilize for light to moderate absorption.
  • Clean wound between dressing changes with normal saline or per manufacturers recommendations.
  • Dressing changes every 1-4 days as needed.
  • For Radiation burns: Dressing may be stored in refrigerator and applied to wound cold, to provide soothing and pain reduction

As health care workers and wound care professionals we encounter patients with wounds. It is pertinent that we remain aware of the types of dressings available to us and their indications as well as contraindications for use. If you would like more information on how to use these dressings, consider becoming Wound Care Certified. Check out WCEI’s Course Info here

Lower Extremity Ulcers: What are the costs?

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

How many of you are taking care of lower extremity wounds? They seem to be very common to the wound care specialists. It appears that many of you are taking care of these wounds on a day to day basis. Costs are staggering for health care. Not only are lower extremity ulcers  monetarily costly in supplies, but the time we spend on education and actually treating the patients that have these wounds are costly.

What do you think the average costs are for treating a lower extremity ulcer? $10,000? $20,000? $30,000? What would you say if the costs were actually averaging $40,000 for the treatment of just one lower extremity ulcer? Hard to believe huh? Take a look at this video below as Donna Sardina RN briefly describes the costs of lower extremity ulcers.

As wound care certified nurses, we are called to care for individuals who have wounds. You can imagine what the costs are to care for these individuals and their wounds. If you are interested in becoming wound care certified, check out http://www.wcei.net for more information on the Wound Care Education Institute’s Wound Care Certification Course.

WOUND CARE CERTIFICATION COURSE

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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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

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.

Xtrasorb , Product Demo at SAWC

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

WCEI co-founder Nancy Morgan RN, had a chance to browse the Vendor Exhibit at SAWC and met up with Dave from Derma Sciences who gave a demo of Xtrasorb. Take a look at the video below for an explanation and demo of the dressing. As explained by Dave, this dressing is extra absorbing and can be used for highly exudative wounds, up to 8 oz of fluid per dressing. For more information about Xtrasorb, check out Derma Sciences’ website.

WCEI is the best choice for training in wound care.   Wound care nurses (including LPNs, RNs and LVNs), Physicians, Physical Therapists and other health care and wound care professionals obtain significant benefits from WCEI’s world-class wound care training.  If your job involves wound care bedside patient care and/or wound management, WCEI’s  wound care training would be a very useful addition to your career.  For more information about getting Wound Care Certified, check out WCEI’s wound care certification course information.

Bacteria and the Wound Bed (Short Video)

Monday, May 25th, 2009

We have bacteria on our skin. As Donna Sardina RN states, “Every Square Inch of our body has 32 Million Bacteria on it”. Some of the bacteria on our skin and some of it is bad and when a wound is developed, that bacteria enters the wound and eventually competes for the oxygen and nutrients on the cellular level.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute and the Wound Care Certification course please visit the Wound Care Certification Course Info page.

Donna Sardina talks about updates to WCEI Manual

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Donna Sardina RN of the Wound Care Education Institute is briefly interviewed by Nancy Morgan RN. Donna gives us a sneak peak at the next update to the WCEI Manual which will include product updates, newly added Pediatric Wound Care Information as well as Home Health concentration. Information about Wound Care Certification course by WCEI can be found at http://www.wcei.net