Is Certification Required for Wound Care Management?

img02When you suffer from a wound that won’t heal, you might find yourself in need of a professional. There are acute wounds and chronic wounds. Acute wounds will typically progress through the usual wound stages of healing.Chronic wounds are physiologically impaired thereby preventing the normal healing progression. Wounds that won’t heal at home or on their own can be a result of a traumatic injury, vascular disease, diabetes, poor circulation, burns or ulcers and even surgical incisions. If you have a wound that won’t heal, a chronic wound, you will most likely need medical intervention. Having a wound that won’t heal can present a serious health risk and can lead to a long term or life threatening condition. In order to determine the best wound care program, you must assess the entire patient because what appears to be an acute wound may actually be a chronic wound due to systemic problems that prevent proper healing. There are a variety of reasons that a wound won’t heal including nutrition and vitamin deficiencies.  Being able to treat a wound properly requires an extensive medical background, this background should include Wound Care Certification.

The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy requires a Wound Care Certification to be recognized as a certified Wound Care Specialist. This is usually a nursing tri-specialty dealing with patients that have chronic or acute wounds or an ostomy, which is an opening from inside the body that is surgically created. In order to be eligible to sit for the Wound Care Specialist exam, you must have an active unrestricted license as a nurse, physician, physician’s assistant, therapist or therapy assistant or have completed at least 120 “hands on” hours of clinical training with a clinical preceptor approved by NAWCO. You can only do this if you have completed the “Wound Management Certification Training Course” among other things. There are many more additional requirements; these are just a few of the more basic fundamentals that are required in order to sit for the certification exam.

As you can see, this is a certification that requires a heavy academic background due the implications of improper care for a wound that won’t heal. This certification requires a higher level of knowledge and skill and as a result, it increases the confidence between the patient and provider. At Senior Care Centers, we have Clinical Care teams that make a difference in the lives of our patients and residents by using state-of-art healthcare technology along with a highly experienced staff of healthcare professionals including a wound care management team that specializes in wound care treatment.


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