Posts Tagged ‘WCEI’

Wound Detective Series: Is It (Or Is It Not) Infected?

Friday, January 13th, 2017

How can you tell if a wound is really infected? Learn how to spot the signs of infection and be a skilled wound investigator.

Signs of infection

Are you ready, wound detectives, to tackle a new case? This time, we’re learning how to spot the signs of infection. Remember, the wound will tell us what we need to know, we just have to pay careful attention and know what to look for. After all, treatment depends primarily on our clinical assessment (and then a wound culture, if indicated). Sharpen up those investigative skills, and let’s get to work.

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Wound Detective Series: How to Get Away with Killing Biofilm

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Even the best wound care detectives are challenged by this sneaky culprit that delays healing. Here’s how to identify biofilm bacteria and solve the case.

Wound Detective Series: How to Get Away with Killing Biofilm

 

Ready for some serious detective work? In this wound-care case, we will try to find and invade the elusive biofilm bacterial hide-out. So the questions are: where are those microbes holed up, how do I know if they are even there, and how do I get rid of them?

Put on your Wound Detective hat – this one’s going to be tough. Even with your trusty magnifying glass, it’s not easy to spot the signs and symptoms of biofilm in your patients’ wounds.

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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.

Swelling: Curse of the Wounded Class, Control of Edema Enhances Control in All Wounds

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Swelling: Curse of the Wounded Class, Control of Edema Enhances Control in All Wounds will be presented by Martin J. Winkler MD, FACS, Medical Director Compression Dynamics, LLC at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas NV September 7-10, 2011.
Elastic compression therapy for swelling and venous leg ulcers is uncomfortable. Notoriously poor patient compliance creates the attitude that patient education about elastic compression is “not worth the time” by primary care providers. Think wound clinics and see the fruits of this therapeutic nihilism: sheer injury in edematous (CHF) senile skin, cellulitis and lymphorrhea in edematous tissue, venous leg ulcers and ischemic ulcers. The therapeutic triad:  elevation, pneumatic and manual lymphatic drainage, and elastic compression, merits a conceptual physiologic update.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit http://www.wcei.net.

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

Wounds on the Web

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Wounds on the Web will be presented by Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, CWCMS, and  Co-Founder of WCEI at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference this September 7-10, 2011 in Las Vegas.

Why do I need to be wired? There is a plethora of information available at your fingertips. You can access the standards of care, current research and products on the web. We’re going to show you how to access photos, power points, and obtain contact hours on the Internet. You’ll learn how to stay up to date, how to use social networking, and which hot links to access. We’ll discuss ways you can train your staff and patients through YouTube and we’ll help you sort out the good from the bad. So, sign up and log in to this session.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit http://www.wcei.net.

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

Ostomy Pouching Challenges and Solutions

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Ostomy Pouching Challenges and Solutions (Parts 1 &2) will be presented by Cathy Modlin RN, BSN, CWOCN, WCC, President-National Alliance of Wound Care at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas September 7-10,2011.
Having difficulty managing challenging stomas? This session will provide the front line caregiver with information that will assist in proper management of these challenging stomas. You’ll learn how to identify the type of ostomy you are dealing with, as well as the type of collection device required. We’ll discuss convex vs. concave and how to know when to use each. Learn the difference between small and large collection devices, single vs. multiple use appliances and the length of time they can be used. You’ll learn what to do when leaking occurs and troubleshooting techniques to secure a seal and identify the source of the odor.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit http://www.wcei.net.

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

Improved Wound Care Outcomes With Polymeric Membrane Dressings, (Hands-On, No CME)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Polymembrane Dressing
Improved Wound Care Outcomes with Polymeric Membrane Dressings will be presented by Susan E. Nelson RN, MSN, WCC, CLNC at this year’s Wild on Wound National Conference in Las Vegas September 7-10, 2011. In this hands-on session you will examine the unique actions of the Polymeric Membrane Dressings which help to reduce the spread of edema, inflammation and pain into surrounding undamaged tissues without interfering with the robust localized inflammatory response required for healing. The dressings help reduce both persistent and procedural wound pain, while improving healing.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit http://www.wcei.net.

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

Principles and Practice of Maggot Debridement Therapy

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Maggot Debridement Therapy

Principles and Practice of Maggot Debridement Therapy (Parts 1 and 2) (Hands On) will be presented by Ron Sherman MD, MSc, DTM&H Asst. Researcher University of California, Irvine CA at the Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas NV in September 2011.

Dr. Ron Sherman

By popular demand and request of our attendees, welcome back Dr Ron Sherman! Taught in two sessions, you’ll get the didactic and the practical hands on! Learn about the history, biology, indications and contraindications for maggot therapy. Then put all that to use when you actually learn the technical aspects of maggot debridement therapy by applying live maggot dressings to mock wounds.

Sign Up Early!!!!!! You won’t want to miss this one!

For More Information about The Wound Care Education Institute or WOW 2011, Click Here

Dermatological Conditions From A-Z: Tales From a Skin and Wound Detective

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Dermatology

Dermatological Conditions From A-Z: Tales From a Skin and Wound Detective will be presented at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas NV at Caesars Palace in September by Mellisa Kasdras RN, BA, MPHA, WCC.

Many times some dermatological conditions can mimic pressure ulcers because of their location and similarity in the skin interruption and damage. As a wound care specialist, you may be asked from time to time to try to identify and then write a plan of treatment for some of these unusual cutaneous conditions. Being a well-versed clinician in dermatology will help you become a highly respected clinician and valued member of the patient care team.

Becoming familiar with causative etiologies and descriptions of many common and not so common skin conditions will only add to your clinical knowledge and expertise. Join us in this advanced session as we discuss some of these skin conditions and how they appear on the body, causative factors and how they can be treated.

This session will be held on Thursday

For more Information abou the Wound Care Education Institute or WOW 2011, Click Here

Concepts in Hyperbaric Medicine

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Concepts in Hyperbaric Medicine will be presented by John S. Peters MBA, FACHE at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace.

This session is designed for a wide audience of health care providers involved in advanced wound care management including the RN, ARNP, CNS, PT, PA, and MD. The 1.0 CE Course defines the UHMS accepted indications, lists the respective ICD Codes used in correctly coding and billing the service, reviews required documentation and defines the risks associated  with the treatment. It also defines treatment protocols for various indications for Hyperbric Medicine.

This session will be provided on September 8, 2011 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For more Information about the Wound Care Education Institute and WOW 2011, Check Out Wild On Wounds National Conference