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Mobile algorithm, CMS update and more

Thursday, April 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The WOCN Society is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and continence concerns.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

1120 Route 73, Suite 200

Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The WOCN Society was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

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, 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.


Access the algorithm now and share it with colleagues who make decisions regarding the selection of support surfaces for patients.

CMS Provides Clarification on Supervision Requirements for CSWD in Hospital Outpatient Setting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in March 2014 that it would require a Direct Supervision requirement for anyone performing CPT code 97597 Debridement in the hospital outpatient setting. CPT code 97597 is defined as: (e.g., high pressure waterjet with/without suction, sharp selective debridement with scissors, scalpel and forceps), open wound, (e.g., fibrin, devitalized epidermis and/or dermis, exudate, debris, biofilm), including topical application(s), wound assessment, use of a whirlpool, when performed and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per session, total wound(s) surface area; first 20sq cm or less. CMS argued that 97597 was not within the scope of practice for a nurse and was not safe for General Supervision requirements.


Read more on the WOCN website.

Coming Soon: WOCN Member Satisfaction Survey

Every three years, the WOCN Society conducts a comprehensive member satisfaction survey to ensure that we understand the needs of the Society's membership base. The Society is preparing to release the survey, and we strongly encourage all members to provide their feedback so that we may continue to provide the membership benefits and publications that today's WOC nurse requires.

Members can expect to receive the survey via email on April 2; the survey will remain open through mid-April.

New Video Featuring the CAUTI Tool

Check out a great video the American Nursing Association (ANA) released to describe the new CAUTI Tool. The WOCN Society directly supports this ANA initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) - one of the most common and costly infections contracted by patients in hospitals - through an assessment and decision-making tool registered nurses and other clinicians can use at the bedside to determine the best way to provide care.

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Save

There are only two weeks left until the Early Bird registration deadline! Register on or before April 15, 2015, to save $50 on your registration fees for the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

WOCN Members: please make sure that your membership is up-to-date before beginning the registration process. This will ensure that you receive the correct savings and have a smooth registration experience. Click here to update your membership now!

Updates to WOCN Mobile App

Updates were recently completed on the iOS mobile application to incorporate updates from The Guideline for Management of Wounds in Patients with Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease that was published in June of 2014. The LEAD mobile application updates ensure that the algorithms, guidelines and tables are based on current evidence. An Android update is coming soon.


The Evidence-Based Wound Care Guidelines and Fecal Ostomy Best Practice app provides up-to-date recommendations for patients with pressure ulcers, fecal ostomies, lower extremity arterial disease (LEAD), lower extremity neuropathic disease (LEND) and lower extremity venous disease (LEVD). Learn more about the app.

World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) Congress Announced

The WUWHS recently announced the dates and location of their 2016 Congress. The group expects more than 4,000 attendees to register for the Congress, which will be held in Florence, Italy, from Sept. 25-29, 2016. Learn more about the Congress.

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