How good are your wound care outcomes?

Survey participation will let you gauge

Ever wonder if your wound care outcomes are appropriate, or how they compare to others treating the same types of wounds? Are your treatment protocols cost-effective? The nonprofit Wound Care Institute in North Miami Beach, FL, is conducting a study that will help participants answer those questions.

All participation will remain confidential, and participants will have priority access to the information gathered. Those with the best outcomes will have the opportunity to submit their treatment protocols.

To participate in the study, you must have at least 20 different patients who have had the same wound type prior to submitting information. For example, if you are submitting information about Stage III pressure ulcers of the greater trochanter, you must complete the following 10 fields on at least 20 different ulcers that fit that description (these cases must have been initiated after Jan. 1, 1996):

1. Ulcer type (pressure ulcer, venous stasis ulcer, neuropathic plantar foot ulcer [diabetic foot ulcer], arterial ulcer, traumatic wound)

2. Ulcer stage or grade

3. Ulcer location

4. Number of weeks ulcer was present prior to your treatment

5. Beginning treatment date

6. Closure date

7. Total treatment days

8. Total number of dressing changes

9. Total number of encounters with a trained health care provider

10. Patient initials and last four digits of his or her social security number

For complete information about the survey and to get a survey form, go to the following Internet address: http://www.woundcare.org/newsvol3n2/out1.htm. Click on "attached form." n

The Medical University of South Carolina Department of Continuing Education offers a three-week on-site wound care education course for nurses on the following dates:

Aug. 31- Sept. 19, 1998

Nov. 2 - Nov. 21, 1998

For more information, contact MUSC CON, Department of Continuing Education, 171 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425. Telephone: (803) 792-2651.

The Seventh Annual Wound Care Symposium will be held Sept. 17-20 in Williamsburg, VA. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus. Telephone: (800) 413-2872. Fax: (804) 828-3640.

The Second Annual Physical Therapy Wound Care Congress, sponsored by Wound Care International, will be held Sept. 18-20 in Orlando, FL. For more information, contact WCI at (318) 869-3322.

The Sixth NPUAP National Consensus Conference will be held Feb. 26-27, 1999, in Orlando, FL. For more information, contact Sharon Baranoski at the the NPUAP. Telephone: (815) 740-1078.

If you have a conference, seminar, or other wound care-related event you would like listed in the Calendar, please send the information to: Wound Care, P.O. Box 740056, Atlanta, GA 30374.