Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Education’

Pressure Injuries and Medical Device Dilemmas

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Medical device-related pressure injuries (MDRPIs) are a standard part of wound care, but preventative practices can make a big difference.

Pressure Injuries and Medical Device Dilemmas

 

One of the first things clinicians learn about treating pressure injuries is to find the cause of the pressure and simply remove it. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But what do you do when the cause of the pressure injury is a medical device which is not only necessary, but literally sustaining a patient’s life?

While some medical device-related pressure injuries are unavoidable, there are things clinicians can do to relieve the pressure and heal the injury. Here’s what you need to know.

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Wound Care Champions: A Nurse and a Five-Star Company

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

What does it take to build a five-star home health agency? Wound care education – and a credentialed staff – are a big part of it. 

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services

 

We know how wound care education helps transform the careers and lives of individuals. We also know that it can positively affect entire facilities, make a difference in communities, and drastically influence the lives of patients and professionals. That’s why we love to share success stories when we hear them.

Take, for example, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS), a five-star, nonprofit (and stand-alone) home health company in Philadelphia. It is known for excellent care, an exceptional staff, and wound care education advocacy. But it didn’t happen overnight. It did happen, however, with very specific goals in mind: to heal patients and treat them like family; forge relationships; and promote wound care education.

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Shingles: Treatment and Managing Pain

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Clinicians can help relieve patient pain and discomfort caused by shingles with these treatment options.

Shingles: Treatment and Managing Pain

 

Did you know that one in three people in the United States is affected by shingles? This common and very painful skin condition also happens to be exacerbated by stress – like hospitalization and other chronic illnesses. As clinicians, we are in the position to help reduce patient pain and discomfort as best we can. While there is no cure for shingles, there are a variety of treatments that can help.

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Wound Care and Epibole: It’s All About the Edge

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

How do you spot an unhealthy wound edge? Learn more about the causes, prevention and treatment of epibole.

Wound Care and Epibole: It’s All About the Edge

 

When it comes to treating epibole, it’s all about knowing what a healthy wound edge looks like – and being able to spot signs of trouble. This basic overview includes epibole causes, prevention and treatment, and will have you ready to meet this condition head-on and get your patients on their way to recovery.

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10 Most Common Ostomy Patient Questions

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist and fellow ostomate Laura Cox shares her most frequently asked patient questions (and she gives you the answers, too).

Ten Most Common Ostomy Patient Questions

photo: Sherry Yates Young/Shutterstock.com

Editor’s note: in her blog series, Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist Laura Cox, Shield HeatlhCare, shares lifestyle tips and information with fellow ostomates. After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of eighteen, Cox underwent ileostomy surgery in 2011. Today, you can find her one-on-one advice, support and insights at her OstomyLife blog, and on other Shield HealthCare social media sites.

 

In my experience working with a variety of healthcare professionals and patients, I continuously field a variety of questions about ostomies, some of which I hear again and again. And I’m always happy to answer them.

For clinicians working with ostomy surgery patients, it’s important to be armed with helpful information that can be shared in order to help them learn to be more comfortable and confident after surgery. That’s why I’ve compiled the ten most common questions that ostomy patients ask – along with my answers from personal experience. By sharing them within your facility, you can help your patients feel more confident as they heal and regain their independence.

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News Flash: Document Education or Risk Facing Pressure Ulcer Citations

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Failing to provide and document wound care educational efforts can lead to citations! Most recently, a facility was cited for not providing written documentation to a patient and his family about his Stage II pressure ulcer.

Document Education or Risk Citation

Wound care clinicians love to talk about wounds – preventing, treating and healing them. We love to compare notes, study photographs and learn about new techniques and strategies. But another vital piece of our job involves educating others, whether it be patients, family members or colleagues. Keeping everyone in the loop is essential to achieve the best outcomes, and avoid citations.

What it might look like now

Pressure Ulcer Staging Guide

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When we say that education must be a part of our pressure ulcer treatment and prevention program, we’re talking about routinely:

  • Providing printed information on the etiology of risk factors
  • Discussing the importance of risk and skin assessments
  • Explaining the role of support surfaces and the importance of positioning
  • Ensuring that each patient has a skin-care program individualized to meet their needs

These components of care are often accomplished during a staff in-service, or at care team meetings that focus on individual patients. But how are our patients and family members being educated on this issue?

Most clinicians would say that it is done by the individual licensed caregiver (often a nurse), as part of their normal daily activities on the unit.  The problem with this approach is that it’s not always documented, and often not very structured.  And this can lead to trouble.

What it must look like now

So what exactly are the expectations when it comes to pressure ulcer education according to today’s standards? Let’s consider what the 2014 International Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers has to say about it.

In the section on implementing the guidelines, it speaks directly to patient consumers and their caregivers, and advises us to work with our healthcare teams and learn about pressure ulcer risk factors (and how this relates to their individual situation).  In order to meet this important objective, health care professionals must provide language appropriate printed materials, e-learning packages, and internet resources for the patient.

And where can you get such materials? Patient and consumer recommendation documents are currently being developed by the Guideline authors (we will let you know when they are available), but until then, one resource is MedlinePlus, where you can find the following patient handouts:

  • How to Care for Pressure Sores
  • Pressure Ulcer
  • Preventing Pressure Ulcers

No education? Hello, citation!

So besides the fact that a comprehensive pressure ulcer education program is crucial for better outcomes, failing to do so can lead to citations. All patient education, topics, methods, and responses must be documented.

Lesson learned?

The standards of care are always changing, and as wound care professionals, it’s critical to keep up with these changes. Do you and your facility currently meet these expectations when it comes to pressure ulcer education? How do you make sure patients and family members are not only being educated properly, but that these efforts are being documented as complete in the medical record? Please leave your thoughts or comments below.

Test Your Wound IQ

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

 

ProProfs – Wound IQ Test » Online assessment software

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

Upcoming Skin and Wound Management Courses

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

The Wound Care Education Institute will be conducting a Skin and Wound Management Course in the upcoming cities on Monday, August 30, 2010 – Friday, September 03, 2010.


  • Glendale Adventist Medical Center/Adventist Health
    Conference Room 5-7
    1509 Wilson Terrace
    Glendale, CA 91206

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
“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 Content

WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course is a  four or five-day wound care training seminar consisting of classroom training.

For 5-Day Class Sessions

Days 1-4

Concentrated all-day wound care training sessions
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Day 5
NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Administered by National Alliance of Wound Care®) following WCEI’s wound care training.

4-Day Class sessions vary and may be customized to meet group needs.

Wound Care Training Course — Curriculum

Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy/Physiology of Skin
Physiological Process of Wound Healing

Wounds

Wound Assessment – Etiology – Characteristics
Wound Management Interventions
Wound Bed Preparation
Arterial, Vascular, and Diabetic Ulcers
Special Wound Care Needs
Adjunctive Treatment Modalities
Nutritional Management
Bacterial Burden
Continuity of Care

Professional/Legal

Evidence-based Practice Guidelines
Change, Conflict Management, Communication
Patient/Family Education
National Health Care Issues
Legal/Ethical Aspects, Quality of Care Issues
Cost Management/Budgeting
Professional Responsibilities
Resource Utilization
Wound Care Team
Coordination of Services – Multidisciplinary Approach

Our wound care training is practical, valuable, interesting, fun, high-energy and interactive.  Taught by top-notch, up-beat, high-energy instructors, the classes are specifically designed to hold the interest and maintain the energy level of health care professionals used to being active in their jobs.

Here’s what one WCEI wound care training participant had to say about our course:

“The course was superbly organized, information presented in excellent and interactive way. The atmosphere was friendly and supportive. I am very pleased with everything and will sincerely recommend the course to my colleagues.”

–Mario Skobic, MD, WCC®, LaCross, WI

To Register for our Skin and Wound Management Course upcoming dates and locations Click HERE

WCEI One Day Seminars

Saturday, April 24th, 2010


WCEI One Day Seminars with Speakers Nancy Morgan and Donna Sardina combine their expertise as Certified Wound Care Nurses, along with their extensive background in wound care education and wound management program development to bring you the latest in wound care. As nursing entrepreneurs, Nancy and Donna are experienced and highly recognized international presenters. Their motivational teaching style has inspired health care professionals across the nation.

CLICK HERE to access dates and locations for upcoming seminars in your area.

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