Created in 2015, the Why Wound Care™ initiative focuses on delivering education and increasing awareness for specialty careers in wound care and wound management. The initiative includes a dedicated website that provides a range of robust educational content and resources for faculty as well as medical and nursing students — and now, practicing clinicians — that feature free instructional courses, access to leading wound care journals, and discounts on continuing education.
“The launch of the Practicing Clinician portal further expands the scope of our work,” said Peter Norris, executive vice president, HMP. “With America’s aging population and the epidemic of diabetes and obesity, there has never been a greater need for wound clinicians in acute, sub-acute, or post-acute care settings. Research shows that too few clinicians receive sufficient training in the proper treatment and management of wounds during their academic training, and many outmoded therapeutic concepts are still in practice today. With the new portal, we’re working to address these educational gaps, increase the number of wound care specialists, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”
An elite group of volunteers comprising multidisciplinary wound care practitioners guided the development of the new portal. Practicing professionals now have access to complimentary, evidence-based wound care materials, including:
- Sixteen video modules on foundational wound care topics, including Acute Wound Healing Processes, Burns, Pressure Injuries, Venous Ulcers, Wound Infections;
- Eighteen slide modules, including Risk Factors/Comorbidities for Chronic Wound Development, Wound Dressings, Wound Assessment, Wound Cleansing and Irrigation, and Pain Assessment and Management;
- Five physical therapist-focused video modules;
- Four podiatry-focused video modules; and
- Downloadable PDFs of all 25 chapters of Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials
“We’re seeing more physical therapists looking to increase the number of wound care patients they see in their practice, especially with the advent of the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) within post-acute care settings,” said Joseph McCulloch, PT, PhD, CWS, FAPTA, physical therapy chair for the initiative and former dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center. “I was pleased to be a part of expanding the Why Wound Care?™ resources to address the areas of clinical physical therapy expertise in order to optimize patient care.”
“Podiatrists who specialize in wounds are key members of any true multidisciplinary care team,” said Paul Kim, DPM, MS, podiatric surgeon, professor of plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery, medical director of the wound program at the University of Texas Southwestern, and Why Wound Care?™ board member. “I was pleased to lead the development of the podiatry section of the new portal and was honored to work with other podiatry experts who helped ensure the wound care content would be relevant not only to podiatrists, but to other practitioners new to this specialty.”
To learn more about Why Wound Care™ and to access these free resources, visit whywoundcare.com.
Source: HMP Holdings LLC, 70 E Swedesford Rd Ste 100, Malvern PA 19355
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