Posts Tagged ‘wound care certified professionals’

Wound Care Utility Belt

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Ok Wound Care Certified Heroes, here is a blog post for you! I was playing with my kids this weekend and reflecting upon my childhood. The toys and tools that the kids were playing and using was one of the topics of discussion among the adults. Despite sharing some nostalgia with one of my daughters from when I was a whipper snapper and hearing her laugh as I educated her as to what an Audio Tape was and that it contained music that one could listen to on a “Walkman”, I found myself thinking of Wound Care. As the laughter continued, we all discussed ‘tools’ of trade.

As a fan of Superhero Comics, you know Batman and Superman and the like, I was pondering over their super powers and tools that they use to fight the evil villains and arch enemies. Much like those super heroes, Wound Care Certified Professionals are Heroes that fight similar nemeses daily. So the questions to you, heroes, are “What tools do you use daily in your fight against wounds?” “What do you keep in your ‘Utility Belt’ arsenal?”

Is there something you use in your daily practices that you just can’t do without? What are your tools of choice? Have you been having success with any particular dressings or devices? What say you? Naturally, there are various categories of dressings and some of which we have reviewed here at the Wound care Education Institute over the past few weeks. We will continue to revisit these and discuss these tools to help heal and treat wounds.

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified and our Skin and Wound Management Course, please visit WCEI’s Registration Page

Social Media and Wound Care

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Here you are reading this blog on WCEI.net about wound care. Whats all the buzz about Social Media anyway? For that matter what is Social Media and how do you use it? In short it is interacting with one another. Being social is part of our very fabric as humans and though we are Professionals, there is a social aspect to our encounters with patients. We learn from one another in social interaction, provide value, deliver goods and services, share emotions and much  more.

Providing wound care is no different. There is interaction with a care giver and a patient who needs the help, guidance and expertise of a wound care certified professional. We teach our patients with each new encounter, how to change dressings or discuss their status and/or prognosis. Sometimes those lessons stick and sometimes they don’t. What happens when the patients leave the clinic or office? What happens to the patients until the next encounter? Is there follow through? What interactive resources exist outside of the encounters we have with our patients?

Tools exist now for us to communicate beyond the clinic , nursing home or hospital. The very internet you are using now to read this blog post is under utilized. We are so connected and have an opportunity to share so much more through these tools. Facebook allows us to connect with friends and colleagues and even our patients. We have the opportunity to share our thoughts, ask questions, share photographs and videos. The potential for learning is nothing short than amazing! For virtually no cost, you can talk with someone on the other side of the country through services like Skype or ooVoo or iChat.

So my question and challenge to you is, How can you utilize these tools, this social media, to better serve your patients for wound care? Telemedicine? Consultation? What about sharing of ideas, pictures and videos on rare cases? We would love to hear how you picture Social Media being utilized by the medical profession and wound care certified nurses.

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Come check out the Wound Care Education Institute on Facebook here and add us as a friend. Discuss you wound care situations with us there, or check us out on Twitter.