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How to Be a Woundologist

Wound care specialists combine knowledge and skill to help patients heal both physically and mentally. Health care professionals who choose to become certified in wound care are entering a high-demand field of expertise. This Practice Accelerator handout is a mnemonic device describing how to become a woundologist, or wound care expert. It provides an overview of educational and professional resources for wound care nurses.

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Quick Facts – Woundologist Facts

A woundologist exhibits expertise in the field of wound care management by demonstrating knowledge and skills. Patients benefit from this combined knowledge and expertise of wound care specialists for both physical and mental healing. For health care providers considering wound care certification, factors such as eligibility, required experience, employer preference, and accreditation or nonaccreditation all play a role in determining which certification is the best fit. Health care professionals who pursue wound care certification will be entering a high-demand field, both challenging and rewarding.

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What’s New in Wound Care

Chronic and nonhealing wounds are a worldwide issue and are becoming more difficult to treat. In the United States alone, according to Medicare, over 8 million Americans have chronic wounds that cost the national health care system between…

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What Is Standard of Care in Wound Care?

Patients with wounds are cared for according to the scope and standards of practice, which are used to guide nurses and other members of the interprofessional wound care team. An intricate network of…

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Support in Wound Care: National Organizations

Wound care is complex. Even professionals who have worked as wound care specialists for decades are still learning as researchers discover more about the healing process and barriers that impede healing…

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Documentation in Wound Care

Wound documentation is critical for the delivery of effective wound care, the facilitation of care continuity, and proper health data coding. Inaccurate wound documentation can impact the ability to determine the best wound treatment…

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Wound Care Month: Important Terms to Know

Accreditation: Accreditation is the process by which an accrediting agency certifies that an institution adheres to a set of educational criteria. The United States Department of Education maintains a listing of recognized accrediting agencies. Digital education materials such as conferences and webinars often go through accreditation.

CEU and CME: CME stands for continuing medical education credits for physicians and others with a medical license, whereas CE and CEU (continuing education unit) are terms used for other health professions.

Digital education: Digital education refers to the innovative implementation of digital tools and technologies during teaching and learning activities, including eLearning, microlearning, and mobile applications. Digital education can also be available in the form of virtual conferences and webinars.

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