Wound treatment is too often based on wound appearance alone, and further compromised by communication of inaccurate assessment data to the prescriber. Knowledge and skills are needed to identify factors which contribute to or impede healing for various wound types. The participants will receive an understanding of how to facilitate effective wound management that is based on a holistic approach – incorporating wound etiology, co-morbidities, nutrition/hydration status and social factors. Additionally, focus is placed on the importance of cost effective use of resources and assessment accuracy which reflects improvement in outcomes. This presentation is at the appropriate level for RN, LPN, case manager, clinical managers, coders and others who are responsible for wound assessment, documentation, data collection and coding related to wound and skin issues.
• Explain basic skin anatomy and physiology
• Differentiate partial vs. full thickness tissue damage and healing process
• Differentiate acute vs chronic wounds and the impact of bacterial levels on healing
• Explain assessment characteristics utilized to identify wound etiology and management
• Correlate the utilization of validated wound assessment tools
Faculty: Sue Kennedy, RN, BS, CWOCN, FACCWS and Deborah Ritter, BSN, RN, CWOCN, FACCWS are the co-founders of RitKen & Associates and a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in the home care/hospice, acute care, rehab and LTAC settings. They have functioned in various roles from direct patient care to corporate program management, and offers realistic solutions to WOCN needs. Sue and Debbie possess extensive knowledge of the WOCN Society best practices relating to in-patient and home based wound management and utilizes this knowledge to ensure the highest possible patient outcomes while maintaining clinical and regulatory compliance. They have both served on the WOCN/OASIS-C, C-1, C-2 advisory committees to CMS, as content validation experts for WOCN Stoma Complications Document for clinician best practice and as a member of the WOCN Document Review Task Force for review of Best Practice Documents. Sue was a contributor at the NPUAP 2016 Staging Consensus Conference in Chicago and Debbie was a contributor at the NPUAP 2016 Staging Consensus Conference in Chicago and currently serves on the WOCN Society WTA (Wound Treatment Associate) Advisory committee
Continuing Education: 1.5 contact hours for nurses.
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