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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

CE Course

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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

Branching Out: Using an Evidence-Based Support Surface Algorithm in Everyday Practice (2017)

The Right Surface for the Right Patient at the Right Time: The WOCN Society's Evidence- and Consensus-Based Support Surface Algorithm (2015)

Sleeping Under The Stars: The WOCN Support Surfaces Algorithm (2015)

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
Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, ACNS/ANP-BC, CWOCN-AP
Bristol Hospital Multispecialty Group and Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates, Bristol, Connecticut

Watch an in-depth video on how to use the Support Surface Algorithm

 


The Support Surface Algorithm was funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Hill-Rom.

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