Medical Group Works to Educate Nurses in Long-Term Care to Provide Better Patient Care

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Skilled Wound Care Medical Group Starts First Skin Wound Ostomy Certification Course for Long Term Care

Long-term care organizations and the wound care environment in general are under severe financial pressures to both maintain a high level of patient care and wound prevention, while at the same time maintaining costs. Nurses are at the frontlines of wound care in this environment; however, relevant educational courses do not exist for them. Dr. Bardia Anvar of the Skilled Wound Care medical group designed the Skin Wound Ostomy Certification Course for nurses specifically working in long-term care.

A 2004 study performed by the Center for Disease Control found that approximately 65% of patients in nursing facilities with Stage II Wounds or higher did not receive special wound care services, by specially trained professionals or staff. Yet the majority of nursing homes, hospices and home health agencies care for a wide array of patients with wounds. According to Dr. Anvar of the Skilled Wound Care program, many so called pressure ulcers are incorrectly diagnosed and are likely a result of diabetes, venous stasis disease, or peripheral arterial disease in the lower extremity; and there are most likely a great deal of patients with shear injury that are classified as pressure.

For nurses working in long-term care experience trumps education. Although nurses manage very complex wounds, they are infrequently given formalized training in the area. The Skin Wound Ostomy Certification course has started to focus on this educational gap. The course is a two day intensive lecture series with audience participation held at the Los Angeles Convention Center September 8, 9 2012. Participants receive the book Mastery of Skin Wound & Ostomy Care written by Dr. Bardia Anvar M.D., the course founder, and primary instructor. Participants are expected to study prior to start of the course, as there is an examination at the conclusion of the educational program. The course information can be found at

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