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Wild On Wounds: It’s a Wrap!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Wound Care Rocks: a wrap-up of 2016 Wild On Wounds (WOW) National Conference in Las Vegas.

Wild On Wounds 2016: It’s a Wrap!

Wound Care Rocks was the theme as clinicians gathered from all over the world for the 2016 Wild On Wounds (WOW) National Conference in Las Vegas. The goal? To keep up with current standards of care and learn from the best with 42 didactic and interactive sessions.

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Maggots and Wound Care: The Not-So-Odd Couple

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The use of maggots in wound care is making a comeback – in the form of maggot debridement therapy – and wound clinicians can’t wait to talk about it.

Maggots and Wound Care

 

Most people don’t get too excited about maggots. In fact, the mere mention of legless larvae surely triggers gag responses and/or skin crawling in millions of non-healthcare citizens everywhere. But that’s definitely not the case for those of us in wound care.

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Telemedicine, Wound Care and . . . Dracula?

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Find out how telemedicine continues to change wound care (and what you can learn from your favorite cartoon characters).

Telemedicine, Wound Care and ... Dracula

 

What do Dracula, Wile E. Coyote and telemedicine have in common? It’s an intriguing question for sure, and you’ll be able to find out the answer at the Wild on Wounds (WOW) National Conference, to be held Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 in Las Vegas.

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You Can Do It! Five Steps for WOW Poster Presentations

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

You’re only five steps away from taking your wound case to Las Vegas as a Wild On Wounds poster presenter.

Wound Care Poster Presentation

 

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned conference goer, nothing compares to the experience of attending the annual Wild on Wounds (WOW) National Conference. Not only are there plenty of options for academic- and research-oriented clinicians, this event provides real-world wound care education, networking and solutions for professionals who treat wound patients at the bedside, home, or clinic. It also provides a great opportunity for individuals who have experienced a particularly challenging or interesting wound care case in the form of the poster presentations.

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Ouch! Let’s Talk About Skin Tears

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This WCEI free webinar will help wound care professionals understand more about skin tears, including how to treat and prevent them (and help patients heal).

Skin Tears - Prevention and Management

If you’ve ever suffered a significant skin tear, then you know how painful they can be. The inevitable bleeding (and sometimes even disfigurement) during the healing process can take a toll, both physically and emotionally. So you can imagine how awful it would be to experience this same cycle of pain, over and over again.

Unfortunately, skin tears are a common occurrence with institutionalized patients (particularly in older adults), and often lead to further complications. In fact, a reported 1.5 million skin tears occur in this population each year, and that doesn’t even include unreported incidents occurring at home.

But we’re here to help, thanks to our own WCEI Clinical Instructor Gail Hebert, and her presentation at the 2015 Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas, “How To: Skin Tears – Prevention and Management.” In this free webinar (see access code below), you can listen to her recorded session and arm yourself with the latest information about skin tear treatment, prevention and management. You can also help to bring the number of annual skin tears down while protecting patients and helping support the facilities in which you work.

 

Gail Hebert, RN, BS, MS, CWCN, WCC, DWC, OMS, WCEI Clinical Instructor

Gail Hebert, RN, BS, MS, CWCN, WCC, DWC, OMS, WCEI Clinical Instructor

Ready to learn?

So what exactly is a skin tear? As Hebert explains in the webinar, it’s a traumatic wound caused by shear, friction and/or blunt force trauma that results in either a partial or full thickness injury. And while skin tears certainly occur, to think they are inevitable is short-sighted.

“Our role is to make sure we’ve done everything we can to minimize their occurrences,” says Hebert. “Not just by accepting that skin tears happen and move on, but to work hard at all the variables that can be controlled, so skin tears can be the exception rather than the rule.”

Through Hebert’s webinar, you will learn so much more about skin tears, including:

  • How to identify risks for skin tears and skin tear category classifications.
  • Current evidence-based recommendations for accurate skin tear assessment, prediction, treatment and prevention strategies.
  • Forms and tools you can put to use immediately.

“Skin tears are considered to be negative patient outcomes,” adds Hebert. “So in terms of your facility’s reputation, you don’t want to be known as a place where an excessive number of skin tears take place.” In other words, if people wonder if your facility is doing everything it can to prevent them, you want to be able to respond with a resounding, “Yes!”

 

What people have to say

Those who were able to attend Hebert’s session in person last summer at the WOW Conference had plenty of feedback to share. Here’s a sample:

 

 “Who knew there was enough on this subject matter to actually speak on it for one whole hour? It was great!”

“Excellent speaker, and was happy to hear that I was caring for skin tears in the right manner! Now I can go back to my facilities and students, and pass this information on! Thank you so much! Very engaging speaker!”

“This was a great review for me. I used last year’s skin tear outline to help build our skin tear policy, so I truly appreciate the updated outlines provided with this lecture.”

 

Go ahead, take the skin-tear plunge!

Are you ready to learn more about skin tears and put into practice your newfound knowledge?  Click here and use the code SKINTEARS to access this 60-minute recording, which qualifies for an education credit.

 

 

Tell us your stories

Have you made improvements in your own facility when it comes to skin-tear prevention? What were they, and what results have you noticed? Do you have any other suggestions for skin-tear treatment, prevention or assessment? 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.

Is That a Rash? Maybe, Maybe Not

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Rash“Take a look at this rash. What is it, and how should we treat it?”

Wound care specialists are often asked to evaluate rashes, and while we want to be competent and effective, sometimes we just don’t know the answer. Because, well … rashes are tricky. So what should you do, and how should you handle such situations?

 

WCEI Co-Founder Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

WCEI Co-Founder Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Check out this free webinar

We’ve got some great answers for you straight from WCEI Co-Founder Donna Sardina, RN, who led a powerful presentation this past summer at WOW 2015 in Las Vegas. This popular session was recorded, and is now available for viewing.

The one-hour webinar, It’s Not Just a Rash! So What Is It? What Do I Do? covered common dermatological conditions in patients, its etiology, and treatment choices. And now, for a limited time only, you have the chance to learn more about rashes from the best, including:

  • How to identify some of the most common dermatological conditions that can be present on your patients.
  • Possible treatment options.
  • When to consult a dermatologist.
  • Pertinent education options for your patient.
  • Additional information about basic rashes.

Learn more about skin

“The skin is the boundary between us and the outside world,” said Sardina. “It reflects internal changes and reacts to external ones. Usually, it adapts easily and returns to a normal state, but sometimes it fails to do so and a skin disorder appears.”

Because of the large number of conditions that can manifest as a generalized rash, Sardina said it’s important to look beyond the appearance of the rash itself and search for clues to determine the cause. This can include taking a closer look at the following:

  • The patient’s history
  • A physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • Skin biopsy

Check out the reviews

This workshop, which qualifies for educational credit, was a huge hit with WOW attendees. Here is some feedback from a few of the attendees:

  • This was so helpful to me! I get consults for any skin issue that comes up, including rashes/lesions. The pictures and descriptions were great!
  • I get called upon to look at “rashes” all the time, and have felt a little overwhelmed with it all. But now I feel that I can more effectively identify “rashes” and help with the patient’s plan of care, but still make sure to refer out appropriately and not practice outside my scope of practice.
  • LOVED IT! Thank you so much for presenting this topic. It’s often a struggle to evaluate some of these skin conditions.

Ready to learn about rashes? Check out the one-hour WOW session and see what it’s all about (education credit available). Use coupon code: RASH15. Offer is good through Jan. 4, 2016.

Tell us what you think

What have your experiences been when it comes to your patients and their rashes? Once you enjoy the webinar, please come back and let us know what you think? What were the biggest things you learned, and how will this information help you moving forward in your place of practice? Leave your comments below.

View webinar - It's Not Just a Rash

Voting Is Open for “WHY I WANT TO GO TO WILD ON WOUNDS” Video Contest

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WOW2013_VOTE-CHAMP-CONTEST-EBLAST_500 The videos are up, the voting has begun and now we need your help!

Clinicians were asked to create a short video telling us why they should win a free trip to attend the annual Wild on Wounds “WOW” Conference at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Now they need your help.  Click on this link to cast your vote for your favorite video and help one of these deserving clinicians win a free trip.

Wild on Wounds “WOW”  is a national conference held each year with the goal of spreading the knowledge needed to be a successful wound care practitioner. It is a multidisciplinary event providing continuing education, exciting learning opportunities and a whole lot of fun! Hundreds of clinicians from all over come to be inspired by the dedication of fellow attendees and faculty, and to learn the “moves, footwork and punches” needed to deliver positive results for their wound patients.  All sessions are designed with clinicians and patients in mind and for the hands-on practitioner.

  • 49 sessions covering the latest in evidence based wound care
  • 21 “HOW-TO” sessions to choose from
  • 7 “HANDS-ON” series of sessions offered
  • 4 days of networking opportunities and more!

For more details, visit our website at www.woundseminar.com

Wild on Wounds Opening Session – Keynote with Craig Karges

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Craig Karges

Craig Karges is truly extraordinary! This award winning mentalist and entertainer is a nationally recognized speaker and an author. He has made over four thousand appearances on four continents and in all fifty states. Craig Karges’ performance is an extraordinary blend of mystery, humor, psychology and intuition and was named among the Top 5 Corporate Variety Performers in America-American Entertainment Magazine.

Please Join us for this amazing Opening Session at this year’s Wild On Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas NV at Caesars Palace from September 7-10,2011 . The Opening Session will be on Thursday September 8,2011 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

For more information the Wound Care Education Institute and WOW 2011 , Check out Wild on Wounds 2011 National Conference