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Want to Decrease Delays in Care?

Friday, December 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jenna Bertini
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Patient and Healthcare Providers
As the demand for certified WOC nurses increases across all healthcare settings, it is critical to decrease delays in care. Implementing the WTA and OCA Programs in your facility could be a game changer.

By training beside clinicians in the basics of wound and ostomy care, the reach of the WOC nursing staff can be extended. Having WTA and OCA clinicians act as WOC nurse extenders allows the WOC nurse more time to provide expert assessment and treatment for patients with complex issues, and manage care on a facility/agency-wide level.
WTA and OCA clinicians are not meant to replace the WOC nurse, but to work in coordination with the WOC nurse to decrease delays in care. When a WOC nurse is not available, WTA and OCA clinicians can be the WOC nurse's extra set of eyes to help identify issues when they first appear, provide early evidence-based interventions, as well as give accurate first-hand information to the rest of the WOC nursing team.

The WTA and OCA Programs can bring nurses, bedside clinicians, physicians, physical therapists and technicians together to shape the future of wound care and ostomy care across all health care settings.
Benefits for the Facility

Having WTA and OCA trained clinicians available at hand to help create evidence-based care and discharge plans can help move patients though their stay and meet their needs to increase patient satisfaction rates and reduce readmission rates.

The WTA and OCA Programs are relatively low-cost educational programs that provide high-quality education. The flexibility of the programs saves facilities money because participants need less time off from work. Unlike offsite wound and/or ostomy courses, there are no travel costs associated with the programs.
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