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A podcast channel courtesy of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, WOCTalk is your opportunity to learn more about advocacy, education, and research that supports the practice and delivery of expert healthcare to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. 

If you think you'd be a good guest for an upcoming episode, you have an idea to share with us, or you would like your questions or issues addressed in an upcoming episode of WOCTalk, send an email to podcast@wocn.org.

 

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  • Episode 8: Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers

  • Episode 8: Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers

    People who have a stoma often have many of the same questions and concerns. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with co-authors of the Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers, a resource document that addresses answers to some of the most asked questions that people ask about the care of a stoma and the skin around the stoma. While the answers in this resource are meant for the person who has a stoma, there may also be helpful for the nurse as a teaching tool.

    The Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide for Patients and Health Care Providers can be viewed in the WOCN Document Library by clicking here.

    • Episode 7: Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products

    • Episode 7: Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products

      WOC Nurses are often called upon to make recommendations to individuals or purchasing/procurement representatives regarding body worn absorbent products. While considered a containment strategy for incontinence, these products simultaneously impact skin integrity. The WOCN Society held a consensus conference to identify current clinical practice gaps and define standards of care for individuals using body worn absorbent products for the management of fecal and urinary incontinence. The goal of the consensus conference was to develop evidence and consensus based statements that result in the development of a manuscript and ultimately, an evidence-and-consensus-based decision support tool around this concept. In this episode of WOCTalk, we feature a discussion with four members of the consensus conference regarding their session at the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference, “Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products: Results of the WOCN Consensus Conference”.

      To view the full conference session, “Setting the Standard for Body Worn Absorbent Products: Results of the WOCN Consensus Conference”, click here.

      Want to review more sessions from the Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here

      • Episode 6: Partnering for the Future – Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

      • Episode 6: Partnering for the Future – Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

        Do you struggle with not having enough WOC nurses to meet the patient needs in your facility or practice area? The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) and Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) programs can be a game changer. By training your front level clinicians in the basics of evidence-based wound and ostomy care, the reach of the WOC nursing staff can be extended. WTA and OCA trained clinicians can be your eyes on the ground to help identify issues when they first appear and provide early evidence-based interventions as well as give accurate first-hand information to the rest of the WOC nurse team and providers. During this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with WTA and OCA Course Coordinators to showcase approaches to integrating the WTA and OCA programs into your practice.

        Interested in learning more about the WTA and OCA Programs?

        For information about WTA, visit: wocn.org/wtaprogram

        For information about OCA, visit: wocn.org/ctaprogram

        View the full conference session, “Partnering for the Future—Increasing Access to Care (OCA and WTA Integration)

        Want to review more sessions from the Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here

        • Episode 5: Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation

        • Episode 5: Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation

          Proper medical documentation plays a crucial role in the everyday lives of medical professionals. Errors and omissions, whether accidental or calculated, can lead to issues in care delivery and defense litigation--even when the care itself was properly rendered. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with two partners from the medical malpractice defense group at White and Williams LLP: Debra Weinrich and Edward Beitz, to discuss being a witness, EMR documentation, legal issues and how medical professionals can protect themselves against medical malpractice.

          Interested in learning more about this topic? View Debra and Edwards full conference session, “Protecting Your Present and Future: Legal Issues, Being a Witness, EMR Documentation” here: https://wocn.digitellinc.com/wocn/sessions/3895/view

          Want to review more sessions from the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions: https://wocn.digitellinc.com/wocn/conferences/97/view

          Other sessions about legal issues and/or EMRs in the WOCN Society’s Continuing Education Center (CEC) include:
          Protecting the Roots: Litigation Free EMR
          On the Witness Stand

           

          • Episode 4: Slowing the Flow: Dietary, Fluid & Medication Management of the Patient with a High Output Stoma

            • Episode 3: Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands

            • Episode 3: Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands
              With a robust pressure injury prevention program in place, the University of California Davis Medical Center, a 620 bed level 1 trauma center, was still reporting numerous pressure injuries. During this episode of WOCTalk, Dr. Sunniva Zaratkiewicz sits down with Dr. Holly Kirkland-Kyhn and Oleg Teleten of UC Davis to discuss data they collected, analyzed and reported on at the WOCN Society’s most recent annual conference in Philadelphia. “Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands”, covers the trends and personal findings of UC Davis Medical Center over a series of 5 years, an initiative that was developed in order to find the patient related risk factors in the development of deep tissue injuries in the ICU and how these risk factors compare to the average ICU patient within their facility. 

              Interested in learning more about this topic? View Holly and Oleg’s full conference session, “Deep Tissue Injury: The Future is in Your Hands”. Want to review more sessions from the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here.

              For a list of WOCN Society recorded continuing education sessions on the topic of pressure injuries, click here.

              • Episode 2: Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

              • Episode 2: Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide
                The incidence of peristomal skin complications (PSCs) is reported to be as high as 77%, and the negative impact of PSCs on patient quality of life is well documented. In addition, studies show that the majority of patients fail to recognize PSCs, believing that skin issues are "normal", and only 20% seek treatment. This data emphasizes the need for consumer-based tools that educate individuals with ostomies about strategies for maintaining skin health and that assist the person with an ostomy to promptly identify PSCs. During this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Jo Hoeflok and Christine Kim to discuss their session at the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference. “Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide” was a symposia session that walked through the development, availability, and appropriate utilization of a consumer-based tool for recognition and management of peristomal skin complications—The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers.

                View the full conference session, “Development of a Patient Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

                The WOCN Society’s evidence-based clinical tools are perfect for the home environment to aid with transitions of care and to improve patient outcomes. The use of these free online tools increases staff competence by augmenting skill sets in support surface selection, lower extremity wound management and ostomy complications. For information on the Society’s evidence-based clinical tools, visit: wocn.org/clinicaltools.

                To demo the Society’s Peristomal Skin Assessment Guides, visit: psag.wocn.org.

              • Episode 1: Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs

              • Episode 1: Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs
                During this episode of WOCTalk, Dr. Kevin Emmons sits down with Dr. Barbara Pieper of Wayne State University. Current Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Pieper also has a long history of providing chronic wound care to person who inject drugs (PWID). She recently presented two sessions at the WOCN Society’s Annual Conference, “Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs” and “Opioid Crisis and the WOC Nurse Role”. Both sessions covered information related to drug related wounds, opioid usage and the WOC nurses’ role.

                Interested in learning more about PWID or the opioid crisis and the WOC nurses’ role? View Dr. Pieper’s full conference sessions from the Society’s 50th Annual Conference in Philadelphia:
                “Wounds Among Persons Who Inject Drugs”
                “Opioid Crisis and the WOC Nurse Role”

                Want to review more sessions from the 50th Annual Conference? The full conference library is available for purchase. Choose from the entire package, or individual sessions here.

              About the Host

              Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN
              Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
              Jody has over 20 years of WOC Nursing experience. She is currently a Director serving on the WOCN Society's Board of Directors, the Abstract Chair for the WOCN Society National Conference Planning Committee and the Web Editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN).

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