The Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice’s Wound Care Team, led by a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN ®), provides advanced wound and skin care management. The wound care team’s primary objective is to enhance the physician care and treatment of homebound patients by providing individualized, evidence-based, and cost-effective treatment utilizing best practice standards. The team includes certified wound care nurses, home care nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who have attended additional education and training in wound care.
Over one-third of patients treated in home care have wounds. Chronic, complex wound care is likely to be one of the top three reasons for patients requiring home care services. If not properly managed, the wound can deteriorate and threaten the older person’s life resulting in a hospitalization or emergent care visit. Home care clinicians must have the skills to assess skin and wound changes, identify wound types, and determine a cost-effective plan of care. Norwell VNA and Hospice requires our clinicians to be knowledgeable about wound care dressings and capable of assessing the patient's and caregiver's ability to perform wound care. In addition, education about wound care must be multi-tiered, directed to the patient, caregiver, and practitioner.