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How Can the WTA and OCA Programs Benefit Your Facility?

Friday, May 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristin Petty
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Increase Access to Care with the WTA and OCA Programs
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 WTAs and OCAs act as WOC nurse extenders gives 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.
WTAs and OCAs are not meant to replace the WOC nurse. They are meant to work in coordination with the WOC nurse to decrease delays in care.

When a WOC nurse is not available, WTAs and OCAs can act as 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.

To help clinicians better understand the role of WTA graduates versus the role of Certified Wound Care Providers, the WTA Advisory Committee (WTAAC) developed A Complete Guide to Role Delineation Among WOCNCB Certification Wound Care Providers.
Achieve Outcomes with the WTA and OCA Programs
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.

View the WTA Program Outcomes infographic to learn about the importance of the Program and see how it could benefit your team.

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.
Learn More
Hear from WTA and OCA Course Coordinators in the sixth episode of the WOCTalk podcast: Partnering for the Future – Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration).
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