March 25th, 2010
Debra Caputo, RN-BC, CWCN (Certified Wound Care Nurse), a staff member at New London Hospital's Clough Extended Care Facility, has successfully completed an examination to become certified as a Wound Care Nurse. Certification is offered by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Society, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.
Prior to earning certification, Deb attended an accredited wound care education program. The course covered a variety of topics pertaining to wound care, including prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, options for dressing therapies, and creation of an environment that helps prevent the occurrence of wounds.
"Wounds can occur for a variety of reasons," Deb said. "Especially when working with older adults, we need to be aware of situations where wounds are more likely to occur, and then to intervene to prevent their development.
"Improvements continue to be made in wound care management," Deb continued. "I'm glad to be able to offer our patients the benefits of best practices with respect to prevention, diagnosis and treatment."
Working closely with the medical and clinical teams, Deb intervenes when specialized consultation is necessary. She also offers ongoing staff education to ensure that the team uses standardized best practices in wound care. "Using effective procedures and the most recent therapies and treatments for wound care, we can offer our patients the finest in quality care," Deb stated.
The goals of the Wound Care Program at New London Hospital include the establishment of realistic outcomes, pain prevention or management, control or elimination of factors that cause wounds, and education for patients, families and caregivers with respect to wound care and nutrition.