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Avoidable vs. Unavoidable Pressure Injuries

Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Carroll
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March 1, 2017
Key Dates and Deadlines
Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017

3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety Submission Deadline:
Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017
Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

WOCN Foundation Scholarship Deadline
Monday, May 1, 2017
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The Society and Sage Products formed Partners in Prevention to provide WOC nurses with tools needed to prevent hospital-acquired conditions.

Educating Today for Exceptional Outcomes Tomorrow offers WOC nurses a variety of resources to help advance their every day practice.
About the WOCN Society

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 

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

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.
Last Chance to Vote!

It's your last chance to vote in the National Election. Polls close Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 pm EST. We hope you will participate* and help choose the future leaders of the Society who will advance the WOC specialty. View the 2017 candidates.
Full, Retired and Honorary Life members should refer to the email sent on February 20 to access their Voter IDs.

If you have questions or experience technical difficulties, please contact

*If you have already voted, thank you for your participation and support!
Last Chance to Apply for the 3M Award!

Time is ticking, but you can still submit your application for the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety - a premier award that recognizes WOC nurses and their successful skin damage prevention programs and awards a free trip to the Society's 49th Annual Conference.

Submit your online application by Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 pm EST, to be considered for selection of this year's award. Click here for instructions on how to apply.
Updates on Society Publications

We are pleased to release the Avoidable vs. Unavoidable Pressure Ulcer (Injury) Position Paper. It is reasonable to state that not all pressure ulcers are avoidable or preventable due to clinical complexities and comorbidities commonly encountered in the healthcare environment. The purpose of this position paper is to provide support to the theory that some pressure ulcers are unavoidable and to provide supporting evidence and/or expert opinion.
This a public document that can be accessed through the Document Library.

The Society's Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Injuries) is now available on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)The NGC is a public resource for summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

The full guideline can be purchased through the WOCN Bookstore. Members should log in to the Member Center to receive a discount.
Discounted Registration Ending Soon

The early bird registration discounted fees end Friday, March 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm EDT.

Save up to $50 before the normal registration fees take effect on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Make sure to update your membership before registering.
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New Continuing Education Courses
Introducing FOUR NEW continuing education (CE) courses. With these new additions, you'll find a range of high quality, accredited nursing CE courses, including some that are eligible for Pharmacology credits.

Check them out below or visit the Continuing Education Center.

Course Credits Presenter
0.89 contact hours

0.89 pharmacology credits
1.19 contact hours

Connie Harris, RN, ET, IIWCC, MSc
1.42 contact hours

Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RD
1.22 contact hours

0.5 pharmacology credits
JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

Competitive Bidding

In 2016, the Society reported on the possibility of ostomy and urological supplies being included in Medicare's competitive bidding program. Ostomy and urological supplies are not one-size-fits-all, and it is imperative that they do not become part of this program.

The Society released a two-phase response plan for this issue, including a document that outlines the implications of competitive bidding.

We need your help to prevent ostomy and urological supplies from becoming part of the competitive bidding program. We encourage you to:
  • Please read the competitive bidding document and share it with legislators, patients, clinicians and advocates.
  • Sign up to receive alerts about ways you can get involved.

Membership Tutorials

We want to make sure you are taking advantage of your member benefits and resources. Read this blog on the membership tutorials.
GLOBIAD International Validation Study
In 2016, the University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery developed the Ghent Global IAD Categorisation Tool (GLOBIAD), which categorizes lesions caused by incontinence (IAD) in four categories.

In 2017, the University aims to validate GLOBIAD by examining the degree of agreement between health professionals by categorizing photographs of IAD through a two-phase survey process. Over 20 countries are involved in this process.

You are invited to participate in the first phase of the international validation of the GLOBIAD by participating in the surveyThe survey will take approximately 25 minutes.

You will be invited to participate in the second phase of this project, which will commence one week after completing the survey.

This project and the outcomes will benefit clinical practice globally and will improve outcomes of patients suffering from incontinence and skin related issues.

For questions, contact

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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

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