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Diabetic Wound Certification Credentials

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Take Your Wound Care Certification To The Next Level!

Introducing the DWC® credential (Diabetic Wound Certified).  This is an advanced, specialized certification in diabetic wound management.  It demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of diabetic wound management above basic wound care certification.  Diabetic wound management focuses on overall diabetic wound care and promotion of an optimal wound healing environment, including prevention, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitative interventions.

Who is eligible?
The DWC credential is open to healthcare professionals who currently hold an accredited certification in wound care. (WCC®, CWS®, CWCN®, CWON® and CWOCN®) in addition to:

  • Hold a current, unrestricted license as an LPN/LVN, RN, NP, PT, PTA, OT, MD, DPM, DO or PA
  • Document active involvement in the care of wound care patients, or in management, education or research directly related to wound care for at least one (1) year post basic wound care certification
  • Successfully complete an NAWC approved Diabetic Skin and Wound Management Course
  • Receive a passing score on the Diabetic Wound Certification Examination “The DWC” credential is valid for five (5) years

When is it available?
DWC classes and certification examination will be available beginning the first quarter of 2011 and on a regular basis thereafter.  Classes are independent of the WCEI wound and skin care course.
Registration Now Open

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

For more information about this upcoming course or to become Wound Care Certified, please visit WCEI at  http://www.wcei.net

BECOME WOUND CARE CERTIFIED

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Take the first step to a stronger career

Anyone can attend our WCEI course!  From licensed healthcare providers, to sales and marketing professionals or anybody interested in wound care. All are welcome!

WCC® Certification
For those that are licensed healthcare providers and want to pursue Wound Care Certification we have partnered with National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) to provide the WCC® exam at our course locations and various testing sites throughout the United States. Click here for course content.

DWC® Certification
The DWC credential is open to healthcare professionals who currently hold an accredited certification in wound care. (WCC®, CWS®, CWCN®, CWON® and CWOCN®). Click here for course requirements.

CWCMS™ Certification
For sales and marketing professionals that want to pursue the CWCMS™ (Certified Wound Care Market Specialist) exam, it’s offered onsite at any of our course locations throughout the US.

Which application is right for you?
There are a variety of healthcare providers and industry professionals that attend our courses and pursue certifications, and we have created a simple way to navigate to the right application based on your area of interest

  • Are you a licensed healthcare provider – LPN, RN, PT, PTA, OT, NP, MD pursuing Wound Care Certification? Click here for information on course with exam
  • If you do not have the required 2 years full time or 4 years part time wound care experience, click here for the Preceptor Pathway information
  • If you hold a current, unrestricted license as an LPN/LVN, RN, NP, PT, PTA, OT, MD, DPM, DO or PA and are interested in achieving the Diabetic Wound Certification, click here for course requirements

  • Are you a sales or marketing professional pursing the CWCMS™ Certification? Click here to access the CWCMS™ information

  • Are you already a WCC® interested in recertification? Click here to access the recertification information

  • Are you simply Interested in taking the course? Click here for course only information

Invest in your career today!
Anyone that attends our course will receive the following:

1.    Classroom training sessions
2.    A complete WCEI Wound Care Program syllabus
3.    Continuing Education Certificate
4.    Access to “Alumni Only” section of WCEI website
5.    Complimentary networking luncheon (at most course locations)
6.    WCEI promotional items
7.    Clinical support hotlines

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WOUND CENTRAL IPHONE APP

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
The Next Generation in Wound Care Resources!

Trying to find the best wound care resources can be difficult. Now, nurses, physicians, therapists as well as students can use a new revolutionary wound care resource tool offered exclusively from WCEI. Introducing the WoundCentral iPhone APP (Blackberry Users…Coming Soon)

WOUND CENTRAL APP

“Wound Central” puts everything you need as a clinician in one centralized location and in the palm of your hand!

The Wound Central iPhone app features include:

• Wound care image library
• Step-by-step treatment videos
• Anatomical reference guides
• Keyword search function
• Instant Information on virtually
every type of wound including:

o    Arterial
o    Venous
o    Draining
o    Yellow
o    Epiboly
o   and much more…

iPhone Users
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Blackberry Users CLICK HERE

To Report APP ISSUES CLICK HERE

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit WCEI at http://www.wcei.net

ALTRAZEAL promotes the healing of exuding wounds

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Altrazeal Transforming Powder
ULURU Inc.

Description: Sterile white powder in a single-use, sterile foil laminate pouch.  The powder interacts with wound exudate and hydrates when applied to wound. Hydration with exudate causes powder to aggregate and form a moist wound dressing which seals the wound and conforms to the surface of the wound bed.

Actions: Promotes moist healing environment, high moisture vapor transpiration rate creates capillary action against the wound surface – believed to stimulate cell growth and fibroblast mobility.

Indications:

  • Exuding superficial acute wounds such as skin graft donor sites and second-degree burns (partial thickness burns with exudates, maximum 10% of body surface area).
  • Surgical wounds, such as post-operative wounds or dermatological excisions (only as a primary dressing over wound, not to be used as replacement for sutures).
  • Chronic, slow-healing wounds such as leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and diabetic ulcers.

Precautions:

  • Wear sterile gloves to apply ALTRAZEAL dressing.
  • ALTRAZEAL dressing should only be applied to a clean, moist wound surface. Apply sterile saline or similar product to moisten the wound surface before application if required.
  • Do not use solutions other than sterile normal saline or equivalent to induce aggregation of dressing.
  • This wound dressing should not be applied with oil-based products on the wound surface, particularly ointments, salves, or other treatments. These oil-based products will prevent proper hydration and aggregation at the wound surface.
  • The dressing can be used on wounds with infection only under medical supervision with appropriate therapy and frequent monitoring.
  • The dressing should be removed, e.g. with forceps or similar instruments following thorough saturation with sterile saline.
  • Does not require a secondary dressing unless determined to be necessary by health care professional.   If a secondary dressing is required a non-adhesive, vapor-permeable dressing is preferred.   Petroleum based dressings and occlusive or surface contact adhesives should be avoided.
  • Can remain in place up to 30 days as long as the wound produces exudate. However, the dressing should be changed if clinically necessary.   ALTRAZEAL will remain in intimate contact with the wound surface until the skin underneath heals. Areas of dressing covering intact skin will detach from the remaining dressing and flake off as particles similar to a scab.

Website:  http://www.altrazeal.com

Video :http://bit.ly/R888G

For more information about Wound Care Products or to become Wound Care Certified, Please visit http://www.wcei.net

Prevention of Skin Breakdown

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Prevention of Skin Breakdown

Prevention of Skin Breakdown Training Program

Are you looking for a Prevention of Skin Breakdown Training Program that you can use to instruct or do an inservice at your facility for your staff?

This is a CD-Rom Training program that includes everything you need.
We have done all the work for you, all you have to do is teach it.

  • Based upon 2009 International Pressure Ulcer Prevention Guidelines,
    evidence based care and AHRQ clinical practice guidelines.
  • All inclusive CD-Rom Training Program
  • Written for any care settings – Hospitals, Long-term Care and
    Home Care
  • PowerPoint presentation with High Resolution Wound Photos
  • Everything you need to succeed is included in this 1-hour
    training program for prevention of pressure ulcers, diabetic,
    venous, and arterial ulcers, and moisture related skin
    breakdown.

This CD includes is intended for all Licensed Health Care Professionals. More details are listed below.

Audience: Licensed Health Care Professionals

Length: 1 hour

Objectives: Upon completion of program, participants will be able to:
1)        Identify four common causes of skin breakdown.
2)        Discuss how to identify who is at risk for skin breakdown.
3)        Explain interventions to prevent skin breakdown related to pressure,
friction, shearing and moisture.
4)        Discuss interventions to prevent skin breakdown related to diabetes,
venous insufficiency, and arterial disease.

PowerPoint Presentation Outline:
1. Common causes of skin breakdown – Pressure, friction, shearing, moisture,
vascular insufficiency, arterial insufficiency, diabetes, and trauma
2. Contributing Factors to skin breakdown
3. Determining Risk for skin breakdown
4. Positioning Interventions
5. Skin Care and Early Treatment Interventions
6. Nutritional Interventions
7. Prevention Interventions for Lower Extremity Wounds

As Wound Care Certified Professionals we need to educate our peers, staff and patients about wound care. This is another excellent tool that you could use in your teaching efforts.

For more information about this Prevention of Skin Breakdown Resource and other products or to purchase please visit http://www.woundcentral.com

For more information on becoming Wound Care Certified and the WCEI‘s Skin and Wound Management Course, please visit http://www.WCEI.net

Manuka Honey and Wound Care

Monday, September 13th, 2010

ManukaPli

Why honey?

Time tested.

What do the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans have in common? They all recognized honey as a powerful treatment for a variety of medical conditions. In fact, records show that honey has been prized for its natural healing properties as far back as 3000 BC.1,2

During the mid-20th century, the era of modern antibiotic medicine began – and the use of honey as a medicinal treatment fell out of favor. Although antibiotics were initially heralded as the most effective weapon against bacteria, over time antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria began to develop. Today, many pharmaceutical companies aren’t developing new antibiotics because of this growing problem.3

That’s why there’s an urgent need for a new non-antibiotic treatment to fight infection.

Extensively studied.

Extensive research demonstrates that medical-grade Manuka honey contains very powerful healing properties, making it extremely effective for use in wound care and for maintaining general health and well-being. In 1982, scientist Professor Peter Molan, MBE, discovered that honey harvested from the Manuka tree, native only to New Zealand, contained unique healing properties.

Today, Manuka honey around the world is rated by a standard now bearing Dr. Molan’s name: the Molan Gold Standard. Look for the Molan Gold Standard seal whenever you purchase Manuka honey products.


The internationally recognized standard that certifies authentic Manuka honey, named for the pioneer researcher in the field, Professor Peter Molan, MBE.

Medical-grade Manuka honey: more effective than common honey.

Manuka honey is not the same as common honey you buy in a supermarket.

The ManukaMed brand of medical-grade Manuka honey is harvested from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush (a species known as Leptospermum scoparium). This unique bush is native only to New Zealand.

Another critical difference: common honey undergoes heat treatment, which destroys important healing properties. The ManukaMed brand of medical-grade Manuka honey is finely filtered to remove all processing particles.

The result: extremely pure, highly effective medical-grade Manuka honey that has very little in common with common honey.

Your reliable source for 100% pure medical-grade Manuka honey.

Great care is taken to ensure that the ManukaMed brand of medical-grade Manuka honey products are of the highest standard in purity.

Our medical-grade Manuka honey is harvested from the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. This pristine area is preserved and protected by the New Zealand government as well as the Maori tribes.

The beehives are located in regions where there is no risk of contamination or dilution of properties. Hygienic hive management, specific harvesting protocols, and processing within a state-of-the-art complex are key features of our medical-grade Manuka honey production.

All ManukaMed brand medical-grade Manuka honey products can be traced back to their hive. And all are tested by a certified laboratory for medical qualities.

From beehive to final product, we ensure complete control over production. What’s more, we never buy Manuka honey on the open market. The ManukaMed brand of products are 100% Manuka honey and never a blend of other honeys. This high level of control and traceability is unique among companies who produce Manuka honey products for wound care.

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ManukaPli

MANUKApli can be found and purchased at WoundCentral.com

MANUKApli contains 100% medical-grade
Manuka honey.


Extensive research shows this honey:

• Is bacteriostatic with a pH of 3-4
• Promotes autolytic debridement
• Neutralizes the cause of wound odor
• Interrupts the cycle of excessive inflammation
• Is high in anti-oxidants to reduce scarring

The Manuka honey used in all ManukaMed® Advanced
Wound Care products is finely filtered, gamma irradiated
and tested for unique healing properties by an accredited,
independent laboratory. The test methods were devised
by Professor Peter Molan, MBE and the Waikato University
Honey Research Unit in New Zealand.

MANUKApli is 100% pure Medical-grade Manuka honey in an easy to use
applicator tube.  Apply the MANUKApli either directly to the wound bed
or to a primary dressing.  MANUKApli maintains a balanced moist
environment conducive to wound healing.

MANUKApli can be used for partial or full thickness wounds.
• Skin tears • Trauma wounds • Venous and Arterial ulcers
• Pressure Ulcers • Surgical wounds • Burns
• Slough and Necrotic wounds • Donor Sites

Two – 0.5 oz. tubes per pack

  1. Molan P. Honey: Antimicrobial Actions and Role in Disease Management. In: New Strategies Combating Bacterial Infection. Edited by Ahmad I, Aqil F. WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, 2009.
  2. Pieper B. Honey-Based Dressings and Wound Care: An Option for Care in the United States. JWOCN 2009;36(1):60-66.
  3. Molan P. Why Honey Works. In: Honey in Modern Wound Management. Edited by Cooper R, Molan P, White R. Wounds UK Publishing, 2009.
  4. http://www.maukamedusa.com
  5. http://www.woundcentral.com

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified please visit http://www.wcei.net

National Alliance of Wound Care

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

National Alliance of Wound Care

The wound care certified WCC®certification is a prestigious, highly recognized credential offered only through the National Alliance of Wound Care. The common element among WCCs is their passion for caring for their patients and healing wounds. As WCCs, these fine individuals become part of an inclusive group of healthcare professionals who have chosen to advance their expertise and careers with this specialized certification.

The National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together wound care clinicians from across the healthcare continuum through wound care certification and vocational support.

About the NAWC

The NAWC is a non-profit organization, governed by a voluntary board of directors. NAWC through it’s credentialing board offers the WCC® certification. From its beginnings of only seven (7) years ago, the NAWC has grown to over 7500 wound care certified professionals.

Today, the WCCs of NAWC are the largest and fastest growing group of certified wound care professionals in the United States.

NAWC embraces those from a wide range of healthcare licensures which also makes NAWC the most diverse and inclusive wound care certification organization, today.

The NAWC helps all WCCs with resources and support to help them advance their professional recognition and their careers.

The WCC® Certification provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination that the practitioner has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge.

Benefits to Clinician:
* Opportunity to provide higher standard of care
* Formal acknowledgment of expertise
* Establishment of professional credentials
* Promotion of professional recognition and esteem
* Provision of continuing education and training
* Career advancement opportunities

Benefits to Employer:

* Increased creditability with consumers
* Enhanced job performance
* Increased protection from liability
* Cost savings in overall delivery of wound care
* Marketability of “Center for Wound Care Excellence”

Benefits to Patients and their Family:

* Benefactor of safe and competent wound care
* Accessibility to expertise of specialized wound care practitioner

Job Resource Center

Are you interesting in finding a Job in Wound Care or are you looking to hire a Wound Care Certified Health Professional? Look no further than the NAWC Job Resource Center.

The new NAWC Job Resource Center is called WOUND CARE CAREERS. This new online job board lists positions in the wound care field throughout the United States.

WOUND CARE CAREERS offers both the opportunity to search for jobs as well as post open positions.

If you are interested in posting an open position, the WOUND CARE CAREERS Job Resource Center will give you access to the over 7600 certified WCC®s.  In addition, you will have the option to also post your open position throughout the network of affiliated job boards from over 175 healthcare professional associations and organizations through out the National Healthcare Career Network for even greater exposure.

For more information about the National Alliance of Wound Care, please visit their website at http://www.nawccb.org

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit the Wound Care Education Institute’s Course Info Page

Show your WCC Pride

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

So you went through the Skin and Wound Management Course offered by the Wound Care Education Institute! Then, you completed and passed the examination by the National Alliance of Wound Care.  Congratulations! You are now a WCC! How are you using the knowledge that you gained from taking the course? Are you on the Wound Care Team at your facility? Are you a Wound Care Consultant or a Representative for your company that fosters wound care excellence?

What does it mean to you to have earned your WCC Credential?

Are you branding yourself as your facility’s Wound Care Certified ‘go to person’? Why not show off your WCC credential with your very own WCC shirt, WCC patch or WCC Pins?

For more information about Wound Care Certified Shirts, Pins and Patches, please visit WoundCentral.com

If you are interested in becoming wound care certified, check out WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course

Skin and Wound Resource Manual

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

As we continue with our  Wound Care Resources Series, we are featuring the Skin and Wound Resource Manual at WoundCentral.com.  As Wound Care Certified professionals, one of our responsibilities is to educate our patients and peers as well as staying informed.

We know the demands that you are faced with from a clinical, financial and regulatory basis. Because of this, we created a one of a kind, comprehensive Skin and Wound Care Resource Manual that will help you meet the demands of your daily practice.

Designed by Wound Care Clinicians for Clinicians, this easy to use manual is organized by tabs according to body systems and clinical applications.

This manual includes:

  • Comprehensive coverage of policies and procedures related to skin and wounds
  • Forms, tools, handouts, staff education and much more
  • Extensive textbook section
  • Detailed index of chapter contents located at the beginning of each chapter
  • Includes a companion CD, allowing for customizing of wound care forms
  • CD includes a BONUS section of Wound Images
  • Extensive Glossary
  • 450 Pages

This manual is thoroughly updated to reflect the current state of wound care practice with up-to-date, evidenced based expert knowledge. It is written in a step-by-step format with supporting rationales for every procedure. The procedures are cross-referenced to corresponding procedures. It contains a detailed section of tools, forms and care plans frequently used in skin and wound care. The Guidelines that are included are written for any care setting including  Hospitals, Long Term Care and Home Care. Yearly updates are available.

If you would like to see samples of the forms or for more information about this Skin and Wound Resource Manual, please visit WoundCentral.com

For more information about Wound Care Certification, check out WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course

Wound and Skin Care Pocket Guide

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Continuing in or Wound Care Resources Series, we will be featuring the Wound and Skin Care Pocket Guide. As Wound Care Certified professionals, one of our responsibilities is to educate our patients and peers as well as staying informed.

Today we will be sharing information about a Wound and Skin Care Pocket Guide, that is available through WoundCentral.com.  When you’re stuck and want an answer quickly, this pocket guide is the book you’ll want on your clipboard or by your keyboard. This guide is an indispensable reference  for wound care clinicians and consultants. Its a slim book covers the essential information needed to effectively assess and document skin and wound problems. Rather than dig through large books looking for the information you need, you can use this pocket guide to get the answers quickly.

The Wound and Skin Care Pocket Guide is a detailed summary of the reference materials that you need on a daily basis for accurate and precise skin and wound assessments.

The Wound and Skin Care Pocket Guide includes:

  • Documentation Tips
  • Descriptive Terminology
  • Wound Characteristics
  • Wound Classifications and Staging Systems
  • Topical Products
  • Bedside Tests
  • Product Manufacturer Directory

For more information on this Wound and Skin Care Pocket Guide, please visit WoundCentral.com

For more information about the Wound care Education Institute and the Skin and Wound Management Course, please visit www.WCEI.net