February 24, 2012

Collaborative Wound Care Prevention Program Announces 2012 Clinician Certification Classes

MADISON-The Wisconsin Wound Care Prevention and Treatment Program, a collaborative effort to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers among long term care residents, today announced its 2012 clinician certification class schedule. The statewide initiative seeks to provide education on skin and wound management and prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers for clinicians working in long term care facilities.

"Pressure ulcers are a serious but preventable condition that can affect Wisconsin individuals who receive long term care services," said Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis G. Smith. "Collaborating with statewide organizations to reduce the rate of this condition will enhance the quality of care that our long term care residents receive."

"This initiative is an example of the on-going commitment that Wisconsin's long term care provider community has to providing the best possible quality care for our state's frail, disabled and elderly," said Tom Moore, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Health Care Association. "These seminars will provide attendees from nursing homes around the state with the most current training on a critical medical issue facing individuals who require skilled nursing."

The Wisconsin Wound Care Prevention and Treatment Program class dates and locations are:

  •  March 19-23, The Cove of Lake Geneva, 111 Center Street, Lake Geneva
  •  May 21-25, Mendota Mental Health Conference Center, 301 Troy Drive, Madison
  •  June 11-15, Veterans Home at King, N2665 County Road QQ, Waupaca
  •  July 16-20, Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center, 2815 County Highway I, Chippewa Falls
  •  August 20-24, Felician Village, 1635 South 21st Street, Manitowoc

The program fee for the first clinician sent by a facility is $1,200 and $1,700 for each additional staff member. Wound care initiative partners include: the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, Metastar, West Bend Mutual Insurance and Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care.

Wisconsin leadership in the area of pressure ulcer prevention has helped reduce reported pressure ulcers to levels below 6 percent in 2011 among high risk long term care residents, from nearly 12 percent in 2008. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel reports that costs associated with caring for a severe pressure ulcer can range from $60,000 to $100,000.