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A New Beginning

Posted By Jenna Bertini, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Society member Ann-Marie Waechter, BSN, RN, CWCN, MS-BC, is a wound care nurse and volunteer with the global charity Mercy Ships on board the world’s largest private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Ann-Marie is writing a series of blogs for the Society and its members to share her experiences on the Africa Mercy and to inspire other nurses. You can read Ann-Marie's first story below.


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A New Beginning

     After a full life of school, study, marriage and raising children, my childhood dream is realized. My husband, Tom, took early retirement two years ago and asked, “How about looking into volunteering for Mercy Ships?” From the age of 10, after reading about the hospital ship, SS Hope, I knew I wanted to be a nurse and someday work on a hospital ship. Maybe because patience is not one of my virtues, I never imagined I would live so much life and see my dream realized at the age of 60! In the fall of 2014, after applying and waiting 18 months for a position to become available, Tom and I reported to Mercy Ships headquarters in Texas for our “Onboarding Training.” We spent five weeks in Texas and then our onboarding group headed for Madagascar for two weeks of required field training. There we began to learn the realities of living and working as a community.


Tom and Ann-Marie Waechter volunteer with Mercy Ships onboard the world’s largest private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. ©Mercy Ships


     When we were first contacted with the news that, finally, there were positions for both of us on the ship, we were asked if it mattered to us where the ship was going – it struck me as an odd question. However, for the first time ever, the Africa Mercy sat out in the water with nowhere to go. Originally scheduled to head for Benin, Ebola had broken out in West Africa, leaving the ship unable to fulfill its promise to the government of Benin to spend 10 months in the port of Cotonou. Although the Africa Mercy successfully completes thousands of specialized surgeries each year, we are not equipped to effectively address infectious diseases such as Ebola.

     After a lot of prayers, miracles opened doors and in what would normally take six to 18 months to sign agreements and protocols with a receiving government, Mercy Ships was able to do in five days. The way was open for the Africa Mercy to be welcomed into Toamasina, Madagascar.

     After an amazing 18 months and two field services in Madagascar, we have finally arrived in Benin to fulfill our promise from two years ago. Back in West Africa, where the work of the Africa Mercy has been focused over the years, the crew that has been here before were beaming with excitement as we sailed into the port and capital city of Cotonou – our new home for the next 10 months.


The Africa Mercy sails into Cotonou, Benin where the Mercy Ships volunteer crew will provide free surgeries, healthcare training and other services for the next 10 months. ©Mercy Ships / credit: Katie Keegan


     Our advance team, already here for three months, and an African band were here to welcome us. Before the end of the day, we will have been welcomed by the First Lady of the country and top officials in a formal ceremony.


     And so we begin again… the Africa Mercy, the flagship of Mercy Ships, following the “2,000 year old model of Jesus, to provide hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor” will stay in Benin for the next 10 months providing specialized surgery to the poorest of the poor, those who would have no other access to the surgical care we provide. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery published a report in 2015 stating that there are four times as many deaths worldwide resulting from lack of access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthetic care than from malaria, TB and HIV combined. Mercy Ships works to fill that gap.


The advance team for Mercy Ships worked in Benin prior to the ship’s arrival to prepare arrangements for the Africa Mercy’s field service. They greet the floating hospital in matching African dress as the vessel sails in to dock in Cotonou. ©Mercy Ships / credit: Katie Keegan

     We docked on a Thursday and by Friday there was a flurry of activity on and off the ship. The five hospital wards, along with the OR complex, with everything secured for sail, have to be unpacked, cleaned, sterilized and setup. The nurses that were already onboard cleaned everything twice with Tristel – and I mean everything. Every wall, ceiling, floor, cabinet, counter, piece of equipment, cord, mattress, bed frame, bin, trash receptacle, bio-waste container and more, was deep cleaned by the nurses who will use these wards to care for the approximate 1,700 patients who will receive surgery on this field service. The pharmacy was opened, cleaned and shipping containers organized with the medications for the field service, for patients and crew alike, along with the lab and radiology.

Our Beninoise crew member, Bio-med technician Emmanuel Essah, presents the Benin Flag to the First Lady of Benin who came to meet the Mercy Ship upon arrival in her country. ©Mercy Ships / credit : Tim Baskerville


     A team of people from the United States helped set up all the facilities off the ship, which includes huge tents on the dock housing our admissions, rehab, ponseti and screening teams, as well as our infant feeding program and outpatient clinic. The outpatient clinic is where all our wound care is done and it will by my “home” until June. In town, we have facilities loaned to us by the government for the duration of our stay, which will house the dental clinic, eye clinic and the Hospital Outpatient Extension (H.O.P.E.) Center.

     The flurry of activities included the beginning of screening. For the next three weeks, our team of nurses will pre-screen as many people as they can, who line up outside the screening center to see if their condition fits the criteria of the surgeons who will soon arrive. It is a difficult and emotionally challenging job; possibly the most difficult on the ship. We have a limited number of surgical slots for each surgical specialty: plastics, orthopedics, maxillofacial, general and women’s health.

     Although many people come with surgical conditions, much more come with non-surgical conditions hoping for help. Some are palliative and are followed by our Palliative Care team. Others need surgeries that we are unable to provide. Of the several thousand people waiting in line this first week of screening, 355 were given appointments to be seen by the surgeons. Every person we have to turn away is gut-wrenching. The screening team, along with the entire Africa Mercy community, reminds each other of the lives we have seen changed from the surgeries we are able to provide. The joy we see on the faces of those we are able to serve make it all worthwhile.


The dockside tents serve as an extension of the Mercy Ship and will house the outpatient clinic where I will work for the next 10 months. ©Mercy Ships


     During the first field service in Madagascar, I served as the Crew Nurse in the Crew Clinic, sharing the same hallway as the hospital. It was a wonderful opportunity to serve and get to know the approximate 400 crew onboard, but my heart longed to work with the patients I saw daily walking the halls, experiencing the miraculous surgeries done by the surgeons who volunteer their time here.

     Thanks to Emory University’s Long Distance Learning Program, and a generous donor who provided enough bandwidth so we could download video on the ship, I was able to begin their Wound Care Program in January 2015. In June when the ship left Madagascar for its two month shipyard period, I headed to Atlanta to do Emory’s Wound Care “Bridge Week.” I am so grateful that the staff at Emory designed a program that made it possible for me to fulfill my second dream – becoming a wound care nurse. Less than a week before we had to return to the ship, I took and passed my certification exam. I became a CWCN!

     During our second field service in Madagascar, I transferred to the outpatient clinic and I love it. It’s the best nursing job I’ve ever had! After all this time, I feel as if I’ve found my place in nursing. Our first surgeries in Benin begin in September and the outpatient clinic will open soon after. Benin is a new beginning – who will we see, what will we see that’s never been seen before, what patients will we come to love, what will cause us struggles, what will bring us joy, what miracles will we see? For now they are only questions, but the entire Africa Mercy crew works with anticipation for the answers soon to come.


     For more information about Mercy Ships please go to

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Striving Toward Excellence with the Pediatric Ostomy Population: A Personal Journey

Posted By Jenna Bertini, Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Society member Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, shared her experience about growing up as an ostomate and her contribution to the members-only document, Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians.

You can read Joanna's story below, and if you have a story you would like to share please email us at



Almost a decade ago, as a wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) student at Emory University, I was mentored by Michelle Rice, MSN, RN, CWOCN, a clinician at Duke University Medical Center. I remember being intrigued by the unique needs of the pediatric population, in particular, the neonates; some of which had multiple stomas from necrotizing enterocolitis. Michelle’s unique knowledge on how to handle the delicate neonate population came from years of experience and the dedication to assisting new parents with the physical and emotional needs of caring for an infant or child with an ostomy. Therefore, it was an honor to work with Michelle and other well respected wound, ostomy and continence nurses who have specialties in pediatric ostomy care to create the WOCN® Society’s members-only document, Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians.

Working with the WOCN Society’s Pediatric Ostomy Task Force of the Ostomy Committee and collaborating on the Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians was a personal experience for me and an undertaking that I dedicate to my father, who was the primary caregiver of my ostomy in my growing years. In Boston 1965, when I was just three years old, something that was suspected to be a simple urinary tract infection quickly turned into a diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma of the bladder. My original surgical treatment was a cystectomy and creation of ureterosigmoidostomy, generically known as a “wet bladder.” However, due to multiple kidney infections I experienced from the procedure, the creation of an ileal conduit quickly followed. All of this occurred during a period of time when there was no ostomy nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital to teach and support my family, and there was no access to online resources.

My father’s recollection of the experience was that the nurses seemed frightened to care for me. He remembers being handed a brown paper bag containing a few ostomy supplies at the time of my hospital discharge. He recalls returning home and fumbling through the packaging of an unassembled seven-piece pouching system. Through trial and error, he eventually mastered how to assemble the pouch, but he couldn’t figure how to keep it on me! To his relief, the packaging contained the phone number for the ostomy supply company Torbot, located in Rhode Island. My father and I quickly made the four hour trip from Boston to Rhode Island and met with the founder of Torbot, an ostomate, who showed my father how to care for my urostomy. My father was so overwhelmed with finding a confidant in the ostomy world, he even bought me a lifetime supply of products “just in case they ever stopped making them.”

Growing up with an ostomy became a part of my life, it seemed normal and was all I ever really knew. The only problem I can remember was an occasional itchy skin condition, sometimes causing me to scratch to the point of bleeding. This bleeding incident happened once in the first grade, and I remember my teacher was terrified as she scooped me up in her arms and ran down the hall to the school nurse. There was no doubt the problem with my skin came from the layers of bonding cement that was used to keep my ostomy pouch in place. The only remedy then was to apply karaya powder to the skin, which stung and was painful. There were also metal clips on my ostomy belt that would dig into my sides, but I learned to live with the fear that without the belt my pouch would leak or fall off. Despite these few irritations, I don’t remember feeling limited because of my ostomy. I continued to do the things I loved, such as swimming and dancing.

I had close friends who knew about the secret that I wore under my clothes. I remember my mother would coach me on how to discreetly change my clothes at slumber parties so no one would notice my pouch. This skill served me well in my later years of junior high and high school gym classes, where I was expected to change clothes in front of other young women in the locker room. I admit, I did feel very alone. I remember wishing and longing to know someone like me – someone else who wore an ostomy pouch. Since childhood, I have connected with several adults who also grew up with an ostomy and were treated during my era. That feeling of being alone would have been greatly alleviated, for both my family and I, had us ostomates known how to connect with one another.

Thank goodness we now know today how the times would change; how ostomy nursing would become a career that would involve not only care of the patient’s ostomy, but ongoing education in building confidence and independence with self-care and emotional support. We now know that products would go through many changes and improvements and that product development would be an ongoing process by dedicated companies and researchers.

Today, we have much more knowledge concerning the care of the pediatric patient and have many more products available to ease the challenges that face this population. As an ostomy patient and ostomy nurse, I currently share my story across the country. I am continually reminded of the need to reach out to families who have children living with an ostomy and connect them to the resources they need to aid the emotional and physical aspects of ostomy care. I am also reminded that we need more ostomy nurses caring for the pediatric population. These families sometimes search for weeks, months or even years looking for help.

In creating the Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians document, it is the hope of the WOCN Society Pediatric Ostomy Task Force that these best practices will give ostomy nurses, and any nurse who works with pediatric ostomies, the confidence needed to take on the challenges the pediatric population faces, from stoma to peristomal complications. When nurses feel empowered, parents will ultimately feel empowered to take on the responsibility of their child’s care with greater ease. The WOCN Society looks forward to hearing your comments about the Pediatric Ostomy Complications: Best Practice for Clinicians document, and encourage you to keep track of your own personal stories and suggestions as the WOC community continues to strive for success for the pediatric ostomate.

Joanna Burgess, BSN, RN, CWOCN is a full scope practicing Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse at WakeMed Health and Hospitals acute care center in North Carolina. Joanna’s passion for ostomy care stems from her 50-year journey as an ostomate, after being diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of three. Joanna’s contributions to the WOC practice include serving on the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Society™ (WOCN®) national Ostomy Committee for three years and contributed to the Wound Care Core Curriculum Textbook, in which she wrote on the topic of lymphedema. Joanna is the 2011 Great Comebacks® award recipient and has shared her story on a state, national and international level. She is a board member for the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. and she is the 2016 South East Regional WOC nurse of the year.

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A Guide to the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference

Posted By Jenna Bertini, Thursday, May 26, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Attending the 2016 Joint Conference for the first time can be a lot to take in all at once, especially in a new environment. Joining educational sessions, networking with thousands of like-minded professionals and absorbing new information can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Do not fear! The Joint Conference is a great way to meet new people and learn about new practices and products to advance your professional work.

In this blog post, you will learn a few tricks of the trade to help you navigate and enjoy your first time at the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal.


1. Prior to the meeting, do your research, organize and prepare.

  • Watch the "What To Know Before You Go" video. Nurse Nancy can help you with any last minute travel preparations!

  • Review the Conference Program to be aware of event times, sessions, speakers and the Exhibit and Poster Hall.
    • Mark the events, presentations, etc. that you want to attend ahead of time.
    • Don't miss out on the Innovation Theater, where you will learn about new WOC products and services.
      • Located at the end of Aisle 100 running from Sunday, June 5 through Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
    • Pre-register for all your conference symposia choices,
    • Don't miss the Joint Conference Social Event for a night of networking and fun!
      • Update your registration to purchase a ticket to this event.
      • Costs $25 per person and includes two drink tickets, food, music and entertainment.

  • Download the 2016 MyWOCN 2016 Mobile App to your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play.
    • Turn on the BUZZ notifications to receive updates of when events, sessions and presentations begin.
    • Create a personalized itinerary for each day.
    • Star  the exhibitors and sessions you want to be sure to attend.
    • Post on social media directly from the app using the hashtag #WOCNCAET16.


 2. Upon arrival at the meeting, learn your schedule and begin networking!

  • Review your schedule to stay organized. On some days, events start earlier than others and some events will run later into the evening.
    • Give yourself enough time to get ready and make it to events on time.
    • Use the MyWOCN mobile app to keep track of your agenda.
    • Networking with people in your sessions. Meet AT LEAST 2 new people every day. Make a note of names, titles and how you met them on the back of their business cards.
    • Look for windows of free time to engage in tourist activities to make the most of your trip!
    • Post your adventures to social media with the hashtag #WOCNCAET16.

3. Upon departing the Joint Conference and returning home, take the opportunity to follow up with contacts and references.

  • Write down the names of events you attended and the names of people you connected with. 
    • Check your MyWOCN mobile app and the notes you made while on-site
    • Follow up with your contacts by connecting on LinkedIn, Facebook and sending emails to maintain contact. Use your contacts for your professional advancement.
    • Write down the events that were most helpful or interesting for you, and why. Looking back in hindsight can help you gauge which sessions are right for you for next year's conference!


Following these tricks will help attendees have a positive, productive experience at the 2016 WOCN & CAET Joint Conference. Attending the Joint Conference is an excellent experience for any healthcare professional. You will gain invaluable knowledge about the industry, engage in numerous networking opportunities and make lasting memories all while advancing your career. We look forward to seeing you!

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Latest News from our Corporate Members

Posted By Jenna Bertini, Thursday, May 12, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2016


DUKAL Corporation

Booth #1136

DUKAL Corporation is excited to announce the new product extension to our Eclypse® Super Absorbent Dressings! The Eclypse® Contour is specifically designed to treat highly exuding wounds in difficult to dress areas, such as the underarm, abdomen, back, lower leg, and thigh. The dressing molds to body contours, ensuring optimum contact with the wound and effective exudate management while being thin and conforming for comfort and reduced dressing changes. The Eclypse® Contour is indicated for moderate to heavily exuding wounds including leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, sloughy or granulating wounds, post-operative or dehisced wounds, fungating wounds, and donor site management.

To learn more, email or visit us at the 2016 Joint Conference in Montreal at booth number 1136!



One Pass Ostomy Draining Device - OPODD™

Booth #456

The One Pass Ostomy Draining Device (OPODD™) is a new, innovative device that allows ostomates to drain their pouch virtually anywhere and with minimal washroom amenities.  The OPODD™ is a plastic, hand held device and is very easy to use.  The OPODD™ provides ostomates with a thorough and efficient method for emptying their pouch.

Using the OPODD™ and our patented method, this dual roller, hinged device which includes a snapping mechanism at one end, allows the user to secure the OPODD™ totally across the width of the pouch. This combined hinged and snap system permits the dual rollers to pass over the entire pouch with ease and removes up to 99% of the contents in one pass. 

The OPODD™ can be used on all major pouch brands available in North America and the EU and is FDA registered Class 1.  We have spent five years developing the OPODD™ and have researched and consulted with patients, nurses and clinicians in Canada, United States, Ireland and UK.

Since launching the OPODD™ at recent WOCN regional conferences, the comments range from “best new item to be offered to ostomates for some time” to “my patients will love this device and just how easy it is to use”.

Whether you are a patient or care-giver, the OPODD™ will quickly become your “go to” device when it comes to emptying your pouch.

For more information, view demonstration video or to order an OPODD™, please visit



Jewell Nursing Solutions

Booth #721

Jewell Nursing Solutions announces the first ergonomic 30 degree positioning wedge. Released in April, 2016, The "BackBone™ Turning Wedge" is the first 30 degree positioning cushion engineered specifically to provide ergonomic comfort while circumventing the spinal column. "Pressure ulcers are not the problem", says Gwen Jewell, Clinical RN II, BSN, CWS. "They are the consequence. The problem is getting the pressure off."

Gwen is the founder of Jewell Nursing Solutions, a company dedicated to the prevention of pressure ulcers. "Its no wonder sacral pressure ulcer occurrence is so high. We have to keep repositioning over and over again, hoping for different results. Between healthcare costs spiraling out of control and the exponential increase in our aging population, we can no longer afford to focus on reactive healthcare when it comes to pressure ulcers". Gwen goes on to explain that she designed the BackBone™ Turning Wedge because "We have to spend billions on pressure ulcer wound care because we spend pennies on pillows and wedges"

Gwen has spent the last 2 years developing the Backbone™ positioning wedge. "I have studied this problem from every angle (if you'll excuse the pun!) and I find that a turning wedge is not effective unless it can serve certain essential functional requirements beyond the basic 30 degree angle." Gwen explains that an effective support device must achieve lift and offload to whole spine without itself touching the spots it is intended to offload. Secondly, if the device is to stay in place, it must provide a cradle like support of both the back and hips in alignment. Ergonomically correct and even distribution of the support surface is essential because if the patient is not comfortable, not only will she have a need to shift into correct alignment and back onto her pressure points, but if she can't, she is at risk for musculoskeletal, neurological and circulatory damage. Caregiver engagement is less tangible but even more important.  The wedge has to be reliable, single piece and universally useful, or caregivers will not use it.

Finally, an effective support device must be re-useable so that it is affordable and eco-friendly. "The beauty of it is, this effective design is not complicated or expensive. To paraphrase Isaac Newton, 'Sometimes when faced with a complicated problem and multiple possible solutions, the simplest choice is usually best.'”

Visit us a booth #721 in Montreal!



Derma Sciences, Inc.

Booth #805

Introducing MEDIHONEY® HCS Surgical & MEDIHONEY® HCS Fenestrated Dressings

Dynamic Post-Surgical Solutions for your Patients’ Care
Ensuring your patients’ post-surgical incisions progress on to healthy healing is an essential part of their care. MEDIHONEY® HCS Surgical and MEDIHONEY® HCS Fenestrated Dressings combine the wound healing benefits of medical-grade honey with exudate management properties to offer you one versatile and dynamic dressing for your post-surgical wound care needs.

Features & Benefits

·Promotes a moisture-balanced environment optimal for wound healing1-7

·Aids in autolytic debridement and the removal of factors that can delay wound healing

·Associated with lower pH levels within the wound which has been shown to have wound healing benefits

·Provides absorption and fluid handling capability

·Transparent dressing offers visibility to the wound

·Delivers soothing, cooling effect on application

CLICK here to view our MEDIHONEY products page where you can learn more about our full line of patented products, view our list of references and place an order




Innovacyn, Inc.

Booth #835

Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel simplifies the healing process through the use of an advanced hypochlorous technology with moisturizing properties. A moist wound and skin environment facilitates autolytic debridement and is beneficial to wound management and the wound healing process. Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel has an expansive safety profile and won’t harm healthy tissues. Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel is available for reimbursement.

Features and Benefits

Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel is an FDA-cleared 510(k) product for use by healthcare professionals to treat the following types of wounds:

·Acute and dermal wounds

·Partial and full-thickness wounds

·First and second-degree burns

·Diabetic ulcers and stasis ulcers

·Stage I-IV pressure ulcers

·Surgical wounds (incisions, donor and graft sites)

·Abrasions and skin irritations

·Trauma wounds

·Various dermatoses including atopic dermatitis

Applications and Benefits

·Non-toxic and non-irritating

·Contains no steroids or antibiotics

·Contains no alcohol or iodine

·Supports reducing wound odor

·Adds moisture to dry wound beds

·Relieves itching and pain associated with dermal irritations

·Moistens and lubricates absorbent wound dressings

·Environmentally friendly—no special disposal required

Application Guidelines

·For wounds with little or no exudate

·Cleanse the wound with Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Wound Irrigation Solution

·Shake Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel well before use

·Apply Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel

·With some wounds, a wound filler may be needed to fill the cavity

·Cover wound with appropriate wound dressing that holds Puracyn Plus Professional Formula Antimicrobial Hydrogel to the wound bed

·Change dressing as ordered or when needed

Visit booth number 835 to learn how Puracyn Plus Professional Formula is changing the landscape of wound care management.

You can find more information about Innovacyn, Inc. and the Puracyn Plus Professional Formula family of products at




The Parthenon Company, Inc.

Booth #114

The Parthenon Company has several exciting news pieces to announce!

Wound, ostomy and continence nursing education is vital to provide quality education and treatment to the thousands of individuals new and old with ostomies.  In recognition of this, the Parthenon Company is excited to announce that it will be offering a scholarship encourage nurses to further their education by earning their WOC credentials.  The details of the scholarship will be available on our website, and recipients will be listed there as well.  Check out website for updates and information.

Our annual catalog featuring only ostomy and wound supplies is ready and is being distributed. There have been several new product additions in the ostomy and wound product categories.  We will have copies of the 2016 issue available in Montreal at the WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference.

Finally, we are very excited to introduce our newest product from Parthenon called, ParSORB Plus!  It does everything the original ParSORB does while also deodorizing the ostomy pouch contents!  Available as a packet or sachet as well as loose with a scoop, ParSORB Plus will gelatinize and deodorize liquid stomal output which is commonly used by people with ileostomies.



NB Products, Inc.

Booth #158

We are excited to be exhibiting at this year's WOCN/CAET joint conference in Montreal Booth#158. We would like to share with all of you that we are now registered with SAM and can sell to the VA/military hospitals. You can request our Line Card/Capability statement by contacting us via email or visit our website We also would like to share with you that we are proud to have supported the United Ostomy Association of America’s 2015 Durham Ostomy 5k run to help broadening awareness about ostomies and empowering people affected by this surgery. We look forward to supporting United Ostomy Association of America’s 2016 Ostomy 5k again in 2016.



Joerns Healthcare

Booth #929

Dolphins Inspired Wound Healing Technology: Leads to Unparalleled Wound Care Outcomes

Today, wound patients’ lives are transforming thanks to injury prevention technology originally designed for marine mammals like dolphins. While transporting these specially trained animals, the U.S. Navy found that they suffered internal organ trauma and circulatory system distress due to dry transport and the shearing force of gravity. The solution was an innovative system that simulated floating in a fluid while resting on a solid surface.

Harnessing this Fluid Immersion Simulation® (FIS®), Joerns Healthcare launched the Dolphin® advanced therapeutic support surface to benefit humans, and recently unveiled the DolphinCare™ Integrated Bed System which marries the advanced wound healing technology with the evolutionary UltraCare® XT low bed frame. This combination delivers unparalleled wound care outcomes, reduces risk of injury to both the patient and the caregiver, and helps promote early patient mobility.

Improves Clinical Outcomes

The DolphinCare system’s Fluid Immersion Simulation provides state-of-the-art pressure elimination by simulating the effects of a body immersed in a fluid medium. This system automatically adjusts to a patient’s weight, surface area and repositioning providing minimal tissue deformation, and maintains near normal blood flow leading to improved tissue perfusion and wound healing. 

Improves Patient Care

FIS therapy spans the entire surface of the DolphinCare system, limiting the potential for pressure gradients due to edge effects. The UltraWide 42 inch expanded width reduces fall risk by up to 37 percent as compared to 35 inch wide beds. And the system also creates a more comfortable bed and room environment without additional climate control needs and without leading to potential insensible water loss by the patient. 

Promotes Patient Mobility and Reduces Caregiver Injury

The DolphinCare system also helps promote patient mobility while providing safety and security to the patient. It automatically positions the bed at the optimum egress height, and properly inflates the surface providing stability as the patient sits on the edge of the bed or during ingress/egress. It also provides Gravity-Assist for easier and safer patient repositioning, and its Comfort Chair functionality offers comfort, relaxation, improved circulation, and more ergonomic care by bringing the patient closer to the caregiver. 

The DolphinCare Integrated Bed System has the technology to improve and prevent wounds, reduce injury risk and help promote early patient mobility. Learn more about the DolphinCare Integrated Bed System by clicking here.





Booth #335

For 20+ years’ hospitals have looked to the International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence (IPUP) Survey™ as a tool to gauge their success in preventing pressure ulcers (soon to be termed “pressure injury”) and benchmark their efforts with industry peers.

The findings are astounding and truly show that focused efforts to reduce facility-acquired pressure ulcers (FAPUs) have been successful:

         ·52% decrease in FAPUs from 2005 to 20161

         ·42,000+ Lives Saved 2010-2014 through pressure ulcer prevention2

All of this effort has been able to reduce FAPUs to record low levels, but costs continue to be in the $11 billion range.3

The facility and caregiver need confidence that the patient support surface they select will provide the support necessary to address the patient risk factors to prevent and treat pressure ulcers.

Hill-Rom has developed a 5-Step process that guides you through the complex method of surface selection and helps ensure you have the technology needed to improve patient outcomes and reduce pressure ulcer prevalence even further.

The steps are simple to follow, with common decision points along the way:

Step 1: Determine your support application – bed, seat or overlay?

Step 2: Identify patient needs

          ·Understand there are 5 “surface related” factors to skin care and how a support                    surface addresses those risk factors

          ·Use the WOCN surface selection algorithm to identify which surface type is                            recommended with risks for moisture and mobility

           ·Determine the care setting, which may require additional surface features to                      address pulmonary complications and patient mobility

Step 3: Determine the type of surface

           ·Understand the NPUAP terms and definitions for a support surface

           ·Know how each surface type works to provide pressure injury prevention and                         treatment

           ·Determine the therapeutic benefits of other surface features like turn assist, bed                 exit alarms

Step 4: Research Surface Performance Testing Processes and Results

           ·Understand the NPUAP Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I)

           ·Be familiar with how each test is performed and how to interpret the results

           ·Learn why pressure mapping is not an approved method of measuring surface                       performance

Step 5: Consider other surface factors






           ·Clinical Support

Visit booth 335 or contact your local Hill-Rom representative to learn more about the “5-Steps to Choosing the Right Surface” and the 20th anniversary of the IPUP™ Survey.

1 – Hill-Rom International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence (IPUP) Survey™ 2005-2016.

2 - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Saving Lives and Saving Money: Hospital Acquired Conditions Update. Available at:

3 - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Pressure Ulcer Toolkit. “Are We Ready for This Change?”  Available at:




Medela, Inc.

Booth #117

Medela, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2016 WOCN and CAET Joint Conference in Montreal, Quebec June 4-8, 2016. Please visit them at Booth #117!



Stryker Corporation

Booth #629

Stryker Corporation announced the acquisition of Sage Products, LLC on April 5, 2016.  Sage develops, manufactures and distributes disposable products targeted at reducing “Never Events,” primarily in the intensive care unit and MedSurg hospital unit setting.

Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Cary, IL, Sage is a leading developer of innovative products and proprietary solutions that are designed to help improve outcomes for patients and clinicians, while maximizing efficiency and profitability for healthcare facilities. Sage’s products include solutions for oral care, skin preparation and protection, patient cleaning and hygiene, turning and positioning devices and heel care boots.

“This acquisition aligns with Stryker’s focus on offering products and services that support a mindset of prevention, specifically in the area of “Never Events” such as hospital acquired infections. Today, through our Medical division, Stryker offers products that are complementary to those produced by Sage. Sage has a 45-year history of focus on patients and caregivers that is evident in their culture and fits well with our Medical division,” said Kevin Lobo, President and CEO of Stryker Corporation.

Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world. Please contact us for more information at

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WOCN Society Member Highlights Experience Presenting at the 2016 National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Conference

Posted By Jenna Bertini, Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WOCN Society member, Teri Robinson, RN, BSN, CWON, shared her recent experience about presenting educational sessions at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Conference in Orlando, Florida.

You can read Teri's story below, and if you have a story you would like to share please email us at

It was a great opportunity to present at NSNA in Orlando this year. I was able to meet a student board member and the editor. It was very impressive to see the new generation of nurses active in nursing.  Their excitement and passion validated why I chose this career and why I still love it!

I presented two sessions on “Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses: Who we are and what we do”.  Both sessions were extremely well attended. The first session was completely full and the second was ¾ full.  I had great questions from the audience during and after the presentations.  These included flexibility of the role, the schools offered, and private practice opportunities.  This was a very rewarding experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to share the varied roles Nursing can offer, especially WOC nursing specialty.

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