Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Certified’

What’s Up Down There? Identifying and Treating IAD

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Identifying Incontinence Associated Dermatitis or IAD can be a challenge for wound care clinicians as often it is confused and mislabeled as a pressure ulcer. We need A Questionto get good at identifying the true root cause of what has caused the skin breakdown. This IAD skin damage is damage that occurs from the top layers of the skin down where the pressure ulcer damage starts down deep when vessels are occluded from pressure. IAD is an inflammation of the perineal skin that has come into contact with urine or stool for an extended period of time and this has lead to skin damage.

IAD may present as an area of erythema, blistered, edematous and or a denuded area, but it will be free of necrosis. There may be epidermal loss and the skin damage will always remain partial thickness in nature. The patient may experience pain and complain of itching or burning as well.

Contributing factors for developing IAD include the patients generalized tissue tolerance of the skin, the tissue perfusion and oxygenation. The patient’s perineal environment is another risk factor, how much is moisture present on the skin. The toileting ability of the patient can also increase the risk for developing IAD and any mechanical trauma the skin must endure must also be considered a risk factor as well.

When our patient is at risk for IAD or develops IAD we must put appropriate interventions in place. These include a good skin care regimen with a gentle cleansing of the skin using a mild soap or no rinse soap. We need to use products that will maintain the PH of the skin.  Institute interventions such as patting the skin dry, no rubbing. Moisturize the skin with a product that contains humectant like glycerin, lanolin or mineral oil and use emollients to restore the lipids that have
been lost and apply to the skin when damp. Protect the skin from urine and stool with a moisture barrier ointment that contains zinc oxide, dimethicone or petrolatum or a combination of them.

Institute patient specific interventions for those risk factors that have been identified.  Interventions such as toileting schedules, open systems at night to avoid use of briefs, fecal collection devices, urinary catheters, and low air loss support surfaces may be needed and appropriate. If the IAD is severe topical wound therapy with dressings may be necessary. If candidiasis were suspected further fungal treatment and medical evaluation would be warranted as well.  A good preventive plan of care for the incontinent patient is a must!  For further information Click Here.


Hot Topic at WOW – Nutrition Gems

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Dr. Nancy Collins PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA, President/Executive Director Nutrition

Dr. Nancy Collins PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA, President/Executive Director Nutrition

Dr. Nancy Collins received an overwhelming positive response from attendees after her lecture on “Nutrition Gems:  Hot topics in Nutrition”. One attendee remarked that she learned more from this one hour lecture than any previous presentation she has heard on this topic.

It was fascinating to hear about the advances in the field from an expert who has helped shape the current landscape yet remembers when her most common intervention when assessing wound patients nutritionally was to order “Milk and graham crackers!”

She covered a new development on the timing of when protein should be ingested based on recent research.
Breaking up protein ingestion at each meal has been shown to make it better available to the body to use verses protein loading at one meal, usually dinner. This can help our patients heal faster by providing the body with the protein it needs to build in that new tissue.

Did you know why Arginine and Glutamine, Conditionally Indispensable Amino Acids, are often need to be supplemented in the diet of our wound care patients?

Because under the stress of a wound, the body may not be able to keep up production of these important nutrients. Without adequate amounts of Arginine and Glutamine in the diet, the signaling pathway to build in new tissue is not activated and wound healing can stall.

Another key point made by Dr. Collins was the need to interpret lab data (Albumin, Pre-Albumin and Transferrin levels) only in conjunction with a full body nutritional assessment. These lab values have been shown to be inaccurate in patients with inflammation occurring in their bodies. Changes in Albumin, Pre-Albumin and Transferrin should not be used to suggest changes in protein status in individuals with acute or chronic inflammatory states. That can and should help all of us to do a better job in conducting a nutritional evaluation of our patients.

Dr. Collin’s passion for nutrition science and her ability to make it relevant to the wound care world was greatly appreciated by all who had the good fortune to attend this lecture.  To learn more about Dr. Collins go to:


Wild On Wounds National Conference Brings Back the Maggots to Las Vegas!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
This is just one of the sessions you can enjoy at our
National Wound Conference
Session 305 
Maggot Debridement Therapy
Dr. Ronald A. Sherman, M.D., M.Sc., D.T.M.H., Director, BioTherapeutics
We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Sherman, leading expert in maggot therapy and currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the non-profit BioTherapeutics, Education and Research (BTER) Foundation, which supports patient care, education and research in maggot therapy and the symbiotic medicine.
Taught in two sessions, this course will give you the didactic and the practical hands on education on maggot therapy. Learn about the history, current status, mechanisms of action, as well as 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.
This session has limited seating and fills up fast so don’t wait.
  • 3 days filled with wound care education
  • 2 days of vendor showcase exhibits
  • Lunch all 3 days with a lunch speaker on day 3
  • Party poolside with a robust buffet and drinks!
  • Complimentary collectible event T-shirt
  • and MORE!

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Clinicians Choose WCEI® for Wound Care Training

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Become Wound Care Certified

Why Do Clinicians Choose WCEI® for their Wound Care Certification Training?

  • Wound Care Education Institute’s Skin and Wound Care Management training course provides continuing education hours for RNs, LPN/LVNs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, NPs, PAs, and MD/DOs.
  • Because it is offered both onsite and online, this comprehensive course meets the lifestyle needs of a wide range of multi-disciplinary clinicians.   Its online availability eliminates the expense of travel, hotel and employee time off.
  • The National Wound Care Certified (WCC®) exam is administered onsite with an exam proctor or at a convenient testing center.
  • WCEI course meets current standards of care and teaches clinicians to be legally defensible at bedside.
  • The pass rate for students that take WCEI® course and then sit for the WCC® exam is 89%-91%. Significantly higher than other courses.
  • WCC is the largest network of Wound Care Certified clinicians nationwide.
  • WCEI works directly with VA, Military, and hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition along with Long-term, Home Health and Hospice care organizations. WCEI has also partnered with various universities and colleges providing continuing education to health care providers.
  • WCEI has developed state funded educational programs with several organizations in WI, MD, MA, NJ, and RI.  Combined greater than 600 healthcare professionals received state funding to sit for WCEI comprehensive skin and wound management course and WCC exam.
  • WCEI is committed to the success of their alumni and support them throughout their wound care career.  Clinical support is available following certification to assist them in the field.
  • The WCC® certification is a prestigious, highly recognized credential offered only through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy™. The WCC certification program is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA®), the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE®). Certification programs that receive NCCA accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry.

Learn more about becoming Wound Care Certified at

Save $100 on registration for on-site WCC course only. Coupon code: BLOG.  Coupon code must be used at time of purchase/registration. Existing registrations are not eligible. Coupon expires12/31/2013.

Find out about our One Day Wound Care Seminars at


Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Curious about maggots and leeches?  The maggots are back at the Wild on Wounds conference in Las Vegas.

Session #302: “HOW TO: Hands On:
Principles and Practice of Biosurgery and Biosurgical Debridement”
Ron Sherman MD, MSc, DTM&H, Director BTER Foundation, Irvine, CA.
Taught in two sessions, you will get the didactic and the practical hands on.Maggott_photos
Learn about the history, current status, mechanisms of action, as well as indications and contraindications for maggot and leech 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.









  •     Lunch all 3 days with a lunch speaker on 3rd day
  •     Black and White Gala party (includes dinner / drinks / prizes / dancing and more)
  •     2 days of vendor showcase exhibits
  •     Cyber café (complimentary internet access)
  •     3 days filled with Wound and Ostomy education


Wound Care Education Institute 2013 Class Schedule Posted

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI®) is the official certification course for Wound Care Certified® (WCC®), Diabetic Wound Certified (DWC®) and the new Ostomy Management Specialist™ (OMS).

Wound Care Education Institute

Wound Care Education Institute

WCEI is a dedicated center of education designed to provide students with comprehensive training programs taught by top-notch, up-beat instructors. Our training is practical, valuable, interesting, fun, high energy and interactive. On-site courses are located at multiple locations throughout the U.S.  and most are offered as a self-paced computer based module.

Upon successful completion of our programs, eligible medical professionals can then complete an on-site exam offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care® to achieve their National Certification in Wound Care (WCC®), Diabetic Wound Management (DWC®) or Ostomy Management Specialist℠ (OMS). Eligible medical professionals include: RNs, LPN/LVNs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, NPs, PAs, and MD/DOs.

Visit our website for individual class schedules at


I am a Wound Care Certified Clinician, Now What?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I am Wound Care Certified Clinician, Now What? will be  presented by Michelle Moore MSN, RN, WCC, WCEI Instructor at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas this September 7-10, 2011

This session will bring the power of the WCC to the forefront. We’ll discuss the ways in which to market the credential to the industry, from self promoting of the clinician and how to use social media/blogging to speaking, authoring of articles to spotlight the advanced credential. We’ll look at incorporating other credentials to the creation of wound care team

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

Paying It Forward and Making It COUNT!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Pay It Forward

Paying It Forward and making It Count will be presented by Nancy Morgan RN,BSN,MBA,WOCN,WCC,CWCMS, Co-Founder of WCEI and Donna Sardina RN,MHA,WCC,CWCMS , Co-Founder of WCEI at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas September 7-10,2011

Wild on Wounds National Conference

In 2010 we achieved over 10,000 Wound Care Certified clinicians to our family. This has given us an idea of the incredible size and strength of our community of clinicians. As we grow and evolve in our careers, many of us want to find ways to “pay forward” the opportunities we’ve had and help to build the community of the future. In this session, we’ll explore ways to share our talents through mentoring, precepting and the training of others. Topics include preceptor tools, presentation and training tips, and how to build wound care teams. We’ll look at exciting new ways to inspire others and find ways to use our experience to create a new career in the industry and give back to our communities.

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

New Year Resolutions

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

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Happy New Year from the Wound Care Education Institute. As 2011 gets under way, many people make New Year Resolutions of one sort or another. Maybe some of the resolutions include losing weight, get organized, or buying a new house. Others may include to take a long needed vacation or spend more time with one’s family. Some focus their resolution on their careers.

For those of us providing health care, more specifically wound care, one of our career resolutions may be to heal more wounds. For those of us that are Wound Care Certified, we can use what we have learned to stomp out those pesky wounds we see on a daily basis. We can help educate the patients and the family members or loved ones of the patients we treat. We can teach them to care for their wounds and their overall health in ways that they may not have understood. This may include teaching them about their ‘disease’ processes or simply about their medications and how to apply their wound care dressings.

Others who may not be Wound Care Certified yet, may make their New Year Resolution to finally get Wound Care Certified. The Wound Care Education Institute can’t wait to make your Resolution possible. Its rewarding to see others who were looking forward to taking the Skin & Wound Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with two nurses, Donna and Stacy, who enrolled in the class and passed the exam.

Donna is a nurse who recently took the class in early 2010. In fact she went through the Preceptor Program to be eligible for sitting for the NAWC Exam. I was speaking with Donna recently and I learned that she found a new position in Pennsylvania as a Wound Care Nurse at a Hyperbaric Wound care Center. I remember being Donna’s Preceptor and the challenges she had to go through. She made some sacrifices and I remember clearly that she said, “This is what I want to do. I don’t care what I have to do, but nothing is going to get in the way of me becoming Wound Care Certified. I will be a Wound Care Certified Nurse.”

How’s that for a Resolution? Good luck Donna! I know you’ll be an awesome Wound Care Nurse!

I had an opportunity to work with another nurse, Stacy, in a different capacity. She worked for a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) company as a Clinical Support Nurse. While working for a wound care center, Stacy helped out in various ways that made getting our patients what they needed from the DME much easier and seamless. At some point, I had the opportunity to visit the DME office and inservice their sales personnel about Wound Care and some more common wounds that we typically see in a clinic. Stacy and I remained in touch and she showed interest in becoming Wound Care Certified. I encouraged her to go for it and take the class. Recently, Stacy contacted me and said she would be taking the class in Boston in November. Due to circumstances, she ended up switching classes and attended the class in Carolina. It was awesome to hear that she loved the class as well as learning all about wounds and wound care from her instructor. It was even better to hear her excited voice when she called with the good news that she passed the exam.

WCEI loves to hear these stories. We know that there are many more out there about those that wanted to take the course and eventually did and successfully passed the exam. We know that there are more Resolutions out there to get Wound Care Certified.

What Resolutions do you have for 2011?

Awareness and Assessment Skills

Saturday, December 18th, 2010


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.