Posts Tagged ‘wound care credentialing’

National Alliance of Wound Care Has Credentialed Over 7000 Wound Care Professionals

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

NAWC 7000 Strong!

Chronic wounds affect millions of people each year, with costs reaching into the billions of dollars.  To help address this healthcare challenge, Wound Care Certified professionals are becoming a growing clinical specialty.

Glendale, Wisconsin – June, 18, 2009 – The National Alliance of Wound Care ® (NAWC), a multi-disciplinary professional wound care credentialing and membership organization has credentialed over 7000 health care professionals as “WCC’s ®” (Wound Care Certified). This makes the NAWC one of the largest wound care credentialing boards in the United States. “We’re very excited about this huge milestone and we continue to embrace opportunities for advancement of wound care and organizational growth” said Debbie Hecker, RN, MBA, WCC, Executive Director of NAWC.  “The NAWC welcomes the opportunity to identify health care professionals who share our commitment to improve healing outcomes”, said Hecker.

The National Alliance of Wound Care is among an elite group of more than 90 credentialing organizations that have received and maintained National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation. The NAWC is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in wound care through the certification of wound care practitioners in the United States.  For more information on the National Alliance of Wound Care and the WCC credential, visit the website at www.nawccb.org or email at edirector@nawccb.org.

Temperature Effects on Wound Healing

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

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As you may know, the loss of moisture from any surface by evaporation is accompanied by cooling of the surface. Therefore as wound tissues lose moisture a cooling effect occurs in the wound. Cells and enzymes function optimally at normal body temperature. A temperature drop of just 2 degrees C is sufficient enough to affect the biological healing process.

Did you know that when a wound dressing is changed can drop a wound base temp for up to four hours before it returns to normal? Think about that when considering healing times as well as prepping your patient for a dressing change next time.

Another thing to consider is that when tissue cooling occurs it can lead to an increase risk of infection by causing vasoconstriction and increasing hemoglobin’s need for oxygen. This results in decreased oxygen available for neutrophils which fight infection.

So how is Temperature effecting your patient’s wound healing rates? Are you considering this variable when approaching the care you deliver to the patient?

If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to comment on this blog.

For more information about Wound Care Credentialing check out the National Alliance of Wound Care