Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Education Institute’

Wound Consulting Business: Do You Have What It Takes?

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Thinking about starting your own wound care business or becoming a wound consultant? Here’s what you need to know.

Wound Consulting Business: Do You Have What It Takes?

 

(Editor’s note: this is Part One of a two-part series on starting your own wound consulting business. Part Two will explore how to get started.)

Being a wound consultant is a dream for so many clinicians. It can be exciting and rewarding to start a wound care business, but it can also be overwhelming, confusing and risky. So before you take the plunge, here are some serious questions and factors to consider.

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Pressure Injury (Ulcer) Staging: More Real-World Answers

Friday, April 15th, 2016

More real-world wound care questions and answers relating to pressure injury staging, including slough, debridement and skin breakdown.

More Real-World Pressure Injuries

 

Can’t get enough of pressure injury staging? Neither can we. That’s why we’re excited to present even more questions and answers about this topic, based on what wound clinicians experience out in the field (versus what we might learn from textbooks or in a classroom).

In our first such post – packed with some awesome pressure injury staging questions from the field – we discussed slough, levels of destruction and debridement. Here, you’ll find out more about pressure injury staging as it relates to abrasions, surgical flaps, skin breakdown due to clothing, and more. So here they are – five more tips for staging pressure injuries, based on real questions from clinicians.

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What Stage Is It? Test Your Pressure Injury Staging Skills

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

(updated to reflect the 2016 NPUAP Staging Definitions)

How well do you know your guidelines for staging pressure injuries?  View the slideshow and test yourself!

Note: if you have any difficulties opening the slideshow, CLICK HERE to view it in SlideShare.

Test Your Pressure Injury Staging Skills from Wound Care Education Institute

 

 

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 it Really a Bruise? Get The Bigger Picture on Skin Lesions

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

In the world of wound care, clinicians define skin lesions precisely. So what might look like a bruise at first glance could really be a suspected deep tissue injury, purpura . . . or something else. Do you know the difference?

Bruise sDTI or Purpura?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then in the world of wound care, the same can be said about the appearance of a lesion – where the blood has escaped the vessels and entered the skin. By paying close attention to the color and texture, you can determine if it is more than a simple bruise.

Knowing what to look for – and getting the bigger picture – helps us conduct better assessments. What appears at first glance to be a standard bruise could actually be anything from purpura or petechiae, to an ecchymosis or hematoma. Or wait . . . is it a suspected deep tissue injury (sDTI)?

These terms are often used interchangeably, but within wound care, clinicians define them more precisely.  Confused? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Bruise

A bruise (also known as a contusion), is a leakage of blood from the vessels into tissues, and is always the result of blunt force trauma.  Keep in mind that “blunt force” doesn’t necessarily mean your patient has been in a fist fight or hit with a baseball bat. The bruise can be the result of something as simple as bumping into furniture.

So is it a bruise? Here’s how to tell:

  • Bruises typically resolve within two weeks.
  • They are initially a dark maroon or reddish color (because the blood is oxygenated).
  • As the bruise ages, it progresses through the colors of a ripening banana – from green to yellow and then brown – before fading away. Note: these colors will be less obvious with darker skin, so as you make your assessment, compare the site with a symmetrical area, if possible.
  • The skin is always intact.
  • The damage can be superficial, it can be deep, or it can be a combination of the two.
  • The tissues may be painful and swollen, and there may be a localized temperature increase due to the inflammation.

Hematoma

A subdermal hematoma is a collection of blood in the skin, often clotted, bulging or mass-like.  It may be in just the epidermis and dermis, or down into the subcutaneous tissue.   A hematoma is not the same as a bruise, though you may find a hematoma within a bruise. The most common cause of a hematoma is injury or trauma to the blood vessels.

Purpura/Petechiae/Ecchymosis

Purpura consists of red or purple lesions that are similar to bruises, in that they are blood added to the skin tissues.  However, purpura spots are not the result of blunt force trauma. Instead, they are caused by either an inflammatory skin disease or a vascular problem. In addition:

  • Purpura spots don’t blanch when pressed.
  • There is usually no kind of pain associated with purpura.
  • Purpura may be palpable (that is, you can feel a rash-like texture with your fingers) or unpalpable.
  • Unpalpable purpura comes in different types, including petechiae, which are flat purpura spots under 3 mm. These pinpoint-sized spots may be quite difficult to identify in darker skin.
  • Flat purpura spots that are larger than 5 mm are called ecchymosis. These spots tend to be irregular in shape (ranging from a dark maroon to a purple), and can be seen on the skin or in the mucus membranes.

It’s important to note that ecchymosis and bruising are not the same thing, though you may hear some clinicians use these terms interchangeably. Again, ecchymosis is a kind of purpura, and is not caused by blunt force.

Suspected Deep Tissue Injury

Suspected Deep Tissue Injuries (sDTIs) also share some qualities with bruises in that they are non-blanchable, intact, and appear in similar colors – purple or maroon. Alternately, they may be a blood-filled blister.

But here’s the key difference: sDTIs are due to damage from pressure or shear, and not blunt force.  Therefore, you’re more likely to find them over a bony prominence and in patients with a history of immobility. The most common site for an sDTI is the heel.

When you touch the tissue of sDTIs with your fingertips, it could be painful, firm, mushy, boggy, and warmer or cooler compared to adjacent tissue.  It’s important to use palpation on all dark-skinned patients on high-risk areas, because visual assessment cannot be trusted. Swift identification of sDTIs is important because unlike bruises, which will resolve on their own, sDTIs can deteriorate rapidly, exposing additional layers of tissue despite treatment or offloading.

Do you know the difference?

Now that you’ve learned about the differences between bruises, sTDIs and other similar skin conditions, what do you think? Have you been able to distinguish the true identity of patient lesions in the past, or has it been difficult to properly assess them? Has your facility emphasized the need to distinguish between these types of lesions? And which type do you find the most difficult to identify? We’d love to hear more about your experiences – please 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.

Test Your Wound IQ

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

 

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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!

Wound Care: Turning Frequency for At-Risk Patients

Friday, September 18th, 2015

What’s the right frequency for turning and repositioning your at-risk patients? Turns out, there’s more than one answer.

Patient Turning FrequencyIf you ask most clinicians what the correct frequency for turning at-risk patients is, the answer is probably going to be an automatic, “Every two hours!” Clinicians seem to have been born with that guideline ingrained in our heads.

But we know that when it comes to proper turning frequency, there is actually quite a bit more involved when finding the best solution.  Some of our patients’ tissue would break down if left in the same position for that length of time. So if two hours isn’t appropriate for some, how do we go about determining the correct turning frequency for at-risk patients?

Official Guidelines Say …

According to the 2014 International Guidelines on the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, turning frequency should be determined by considering your patients tissue tolerance, level of activity and mobility, general medical condition, overall treatment objectives, skin condition and comfort. The frequency of turns should be individualized to your patient, so the standard belief that q 2 hour turns is going to work for all your patents is false.

How do you determine tissue tolerance?

Assessing tissue tolerance allows clinicians to determine how long the skin can tolerate pressure without showing negative impacts in the form of reddened skin. It is done by implementing a step-by-step procedure where the clinician incrementally increases the amount of time the patient is left in the same position until reddened skin is detected, and recording these findings. Once the length of time it takes to see the skin redden is determined, you set the turning frequency to 30 minutes less than that time interval.

For example, if a patient shows reddened skin after 90 minutes, then turning frequency would be each hour. Tissue tolerance results will vary for each patient. The other factors mentioned above (mobility, medical condition, etc.) should also be considered, as they can impact your decisions with turning frequency.

There’s no definitive answer.

What this means for clinicians is that we need to change our thinking about how often our patients should be turned.  The answer to the question “How often do you turn and reposition your patient?” should now be, “At a minimum of 2 q hours and more often if needed.”

What do you think?

Do you currently test for tissue tolerance on your patients?  If so, do you record the results of these trials in the medical record? In Long Term Care, have you had surveyors ask about the method you use to determine turning frequency for your patients? We’d love to hear about your experiences with this topic – please leave your comments below.

 

Wild On Wounds Exhibitor Showcase Vendor Spotlight

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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MPM Medical Inc. brings to you industry experts for 2 days during the WOW conference in Las Vegas on September 2-5, 2015. They will answer your questions, perform product demonstrations and provide hands on product training.  All of their sales representatives have been trained and certified as Wound Care Market Specialists (CWCMS®) by the Wound Care Education Institute®.  They offer a comprehensive line of hydrogels with lidocaine, foam dressings, moisture barriers, antifungals, calcium alginates, waterproof composite dressings, woundgard bordered gauze pad dressings, multilayer composite dressings, cleansers, saturated gauze pads and collagen and super absorbent dressings.

MPM has published a number of practical reference pieces including a definitive Wound Management Guide, Wound Care Wall Charts and clinical studies.  For information on these educational pieces visit their website at: www.mpmmedicalinc.com

Register for WOW today and stop by the MPM booth #224

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What Will You Gain by Attending WOW?  You Will…

  • Discover what is new in wound care which is essential to your practice
  • Elevate your clinical skills with interactive, advanced, how-to sessions and hands-on workshops
  • Participate in product training with industry experts to advance your knowledge of wound care technologies
  • AND MORE…

Full Conference Registration Includes:

  • Access to educational sessions over 3.5 days
  • Access to product experts during the exhibitor showcase
  • Lunch on each registered day
  • Poolside get-together with a robust buffet
  • FREE cyber cafe to check emails, complete onsite evaluations, etc.
  • Complimentary collectible event T-shirt
  • And more!

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REGISTER BY MAY 1ST – PAY BY JUNE 1ST

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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You’ll get first choice of conference sessions and…
You don’t pay until June 1st!

Industry and Clinical experts will provide training and product demonstrations and will help answer your “hard to heal” wound questions. Join us in Las Vegas, September 2 – 5, 2015 and network with hundreds of passionate wound care clinicians with the same goal in mind, to advance their wound care knowledge.

About WOW

Wild On Wounds is a national conference dedicated to clinicians who want to enhance their knowledge and learn current standards of care in skin and wound care. Attend lecture sessions, participate in hands-on workshops and learn all the new products and technologies from industry experts.

Full Conference Registration Includes:
  • Access to educational sessions over 3.5 days
  • Access to product experts during the exhibitor showcase
  • Lunch on each registered day
  • Poolside get-together with a robust buffet dinner
  • FREE cyber cafe to check emails, complete onsite evaluations, etc.
  • Complimentary collectible event T-shirt
  • And more!

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Wild On Wounds Conference Early Registration Savings

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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When you register early, you save $100 and you will have first choice in selecting all conference sessions. The early discount rate expires May 1, 2015.  Register today!

Industry and clinical experts will provide training, product demonstrations and will help answer your “hard to heal” wound questions.

Join us in Las Vegas, September 2-5, 2015 and network with hundreds of passionate wound care clinicians with the same goal in mind, to advance their wound care knowledge.

About WOW

Wild On Wounds is a national conference dedicated to clinicians who want to enhance their knowledge and learn current standards of care in skin and wound care. Attend lecture sessions, participate in hands-on workshops and learn all the new products and technologies from industry experts.

Full Conference Registration Includes:

  • Access to educational sessions over 3.5 days
  • Access to product experts during the exhibitor showcase
  • Lunch on each registered day
  • Poolside get-together with a robust buffet
  • FREE cyber cafe to check emails, complete onsite evaluations, etc
  • Complimentary collectible event T-shirt
  • And more!

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WOUND CARE CERTIFICATION – This Wound Care Certified (WCC®) 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 Diabetic Wound Certified (DWC®) 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.

WCEI2015_OMS_BUTTON_revOSTOMY CERTIFICATION – This Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) 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.

 

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