Posts Tagged ‘Assessment Skills’

Awareness and Assessment Skills

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

AWARENESS TEST

I saw this video recently on YouTube and it got me thinking about assessment skills when it comes to wounds. As Wound Care Certified Professionals, we are held to a higher standard and our biggest skill and tool is our assessment skill set. The video above is a fun video and if your awareness is top notch you may have seen the Moonwalking Bear during the first segment of the video. However, if you didn’t see the Moonwalking Bear, you may have seen it in the second segment.

Didn’t see it? Stop reading here and take another looksie at the video. It was easy to miss. Thats my point. What are you missing in your wound assessments? Are we so busy, just ‘changing the bandage’ and getting to the end of our day to miss what may be happening with our patients? I know you may be saying, that we are forced to move quickly because we have so many patients on our case load or to see during the course of our day. It doesn’t take long to miss something that may be vital to the outcome of our wound care.

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

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How good are your assessment skills? What is going on with this wound?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

So how good are your assessment skills? If you were presented with a patient that had this wound that is shown in the picture below, do you think your assessment skills are up for the challenge? As wound care certified professionals, we have been taught to assess patients head to toe. But on first sight, can you tell what is going on? Do you have that inclination of what may be happening before going through an series of questioning or tests?

So what do we have here? What say you? Your comments are welcome below.

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Provided the feedback we recieve, we may start to do this from week to week as part of an assessment series. Your comments and suggestions are helpful and welcomed.

What Caused the wound in the first place?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

magnifying-glass

So you think your assessment skills are top notch? You say you can differentiate the types of wounds you encounter daily? What about the causes of these wounds?

As a wound care certified nurse, therapist, or physician, we should be looking at more than just the wound. Understanding the cause of the wound may just lead to the answer of how to treat the wound. I know that sounds like a novel idea but how often does the cause just keep chronically repeat itself ?

A combination of compliance and repetitive cause may be an issue but we as professionals need to look past the wound and pay attention to the cause. Eliminating the cause or at least minimizing the effects of causation can make a difference in the long term result of healing the wound.

As always, fine tuning your wound assessment skills is a good idea.

If you would like to take your assessment skills to the next level, consider becoming Wound Care Certified and utilize that knowledge to better care for your patients.