Wound care is a rapidly growing need in the nursing community. As the population ages, more focus is on older people who are more sedentary and often chair or bed bound making them more vulnerable to rapidly deteriorating pressure wounds and deep tissue injuries. These can become life threatening in a very short time if not treated appropriately.
Hospitals, nursing homes, and home health and hospice agencies often rely upon wound care specialists to lead the charge in prevention and treatment education of other staff. As we are discovering quickly there is a tremendous shortage of specialized nurses with wound care education and experience. This is a great way to expand your resume and expertise for your nursing career.
The College of Long Term Care offers 2 dates for wound care certification for RNs, LV/PNs, nursing home personnel and other health care professionals. See announcement below:
“The growing problem of pressure wounds is especially challenging for nursing homes that have had to send their residents to specialty clinics and hospitals for treatment,” said Bardia Anvar, M.D., founder of Skilled Wound Care and the College of Long Term Care. “This is especially costly when you factor in ambulance transportation, lifting and moving patients in delicate health, admittance to the hospital and surgical care. Also, the simple act of transporting patients can lead to the onset of additional pressure wounds. By teaching staff how to prevent such wounds and identify them at the earliest stages, we can reverse these troubling statistics.”
The courses sponsored by the College of Long Term Care will reveal these basic facts about caring for wounds:
- Avoid excess baths (should only bathe for 3-5 minutes 2-3 times per week)
- Keep water temperature lukewarm – not hot
- Add bath oil
- Do not use most soap products as they contain detergent (Dove is the exception)
- Do not use washcloths
- Pat dry
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing and reapply 4 times each day
- Stay well hydrated
- Avoid caffeine, spices and alcohol
To enroll or for more information, call (866) WOUND-80 or visit http://www.skilledwoundcare.com/educational-resources/courses/