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Support Surface Algorithm
In an effort to provide clinical guidance for selecting a support surface based on individual patient needs, the WOCN Society developed an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm. Users follow pathways that guide clinical decision making for support surface use for pressure ulcer prevention or treatment.
Published in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), the Support Surface Algorithm is the first evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for support surface selection that has undergone content validation. Access the Support Surface Algorithm and the accompanying JWOCN article.
Learn and Earn
A new continuing education course focused on the evidence- and consensus-Based Support Surface Algorithm is now available and will provide 1.0 contact hours.
The Society partnered with HealthStream to offer the course through their platform. If your facility already uses HealthStream, the course can be found under the CE Center. We encourage you to share this with others at your facility and recommend to your nursing leadership that they assign the course to all staff nurses.
If your facility does not use HealthStream, sign up and access the course for free.
Additional Online Materials
Watch past conference sessions on the Support Surface Algorithm for free
Case Study: Learn how one WOC nurse has made huge strides in her facility with the Support Surface Algorithm
Improve Practice: Using the WOCN Support Surface Algorithm as a Quality Improvement Tool
Watch an in-depth video on how to use the Support Surface Algorithm