A Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence RN (WOCN) provides expert guidance to patients, caregivers and Agency nurses on the wound, ostomy, or continence care most appropriate for each patient with a skin issue.
This is accomplished by:
- Assessing each patient with a wound and suggesting appropriate interventions to promote wound healing
- Working closely with physicians in providing the most effective wound care possible
- Providing in-depth training to Agency nurses on interventions necessary to prevent skin breakdown and wound management
- Assessing patients for appropriateness for a Wound Vac (a special device to assist in wound healing)
- Wound debridement (a special technique of cleaning wounds by removing the dead tissue)
- Teaching patients and/or caregivers how to care for a wound or ostomy
- Assessing patients with ostomies and identifying the most appropriate appliance
Continence Care is for patients experiencing urinary voiding issues.
A bladder scan can be utilized to determine bladder function and urinary retention. This is a painless, non-invasive procedure using a small portable ultrasound machine which prevents the patient from having to endure an invasive bladder catherization which may be uncomfortable.