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A new tool for bedside clinicians

Wednesday, April 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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Announcing a new tool for bedside clinicians

The WOCN Society is pleased to announce the launch of an electronic version of the support surface selection algorithm. Clinicians may now access the algorithm electronically via smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices.

The algorithm, published earlier this year in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), is the first evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for support surface selection that has undergone content validation. The Society created the electronic version in order to provide bedside clinicians with easily-accessible information to aid in making consistent decisions about support surface selection. Development of the algorithm was funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Hill-Rom.

We encourage you to share this new tool with any of your colleagues that make decisions regarding the selection of support surfaces for patients.

You can access the algorithm at any time by visiting The algorithm functions like an app but does not require users to download anything. You can also add the algorithm icon to your mobile device for quick and easy access. Simply follow the instructions below:

iOS/Apple Devices
Open Safari and visit and tap the Share button to open the Share menu. You can find the Share button on the bar at the bottom of the screen in Safari; the button is a square featuring an upward-facing arrow. If the bottom bar is not displayed, tap the address bar at the top of the screen to make it appear. In the Share menu, tap "Add to Home Screen." You can then edit the name of the icon and then tap "Add." The algorithm icon should now appear on your home screen.

Android Devices
Open your browser and visit Hit the Menu button and add the website to your bookmarks. Open your bookmarks using the Menu button and find the new bookmark you just added. Press down and hold onto the bookmark to display an action box; select Add to home screen. The algorithm icon should now appear on your home screen.

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