Wound Ostomy and Continence Research Paper

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IntroductionThis paper aims to discuss the healthcare, and relationship of a WOC nurse in that perspective. WOC stands for “Wound Ostomy and Continence” and there are few questions that will be studied throughout the paper in regards to the topic. First of all, the paper will discuss the duties of a WOC nurse on a regular basis, and the effective methods a wound care nurse choose to address her patients. Second, it will study the different stages of a pressure ulcer, and regarding that the different types of beds will be studied that provide suitability for the patients. Third, the paper will further highlight the nursing practices to teach a patient about their wound ostomy. Eventually, a personal examination will also be shared. And, the paper will conclude with the different treatments and education related to nurses, PT and dietician.A Brief Description about a WOC Nurse“Wound, Ostomy and Continence” nurses are usually prepared expert and certain amount of clinicians who treat even complex wounds, incontinence and ostomy issues. Hence, the WOC nurse on a daily basis manages to effectively treat those incontinence, complex wounds and issues related to ostomy. A trained WOC nurse also helps in improving the patients across the board, and in order to find results she does that on a daily basis. A WOC nurse requires a degree, or a certificate before starting this career choice. Moreover, it is advised that besides the degree several different courses must be studied regarding nursing, however WOC is a highly complex job and therefore needs some experience too. There are complex wounds and ostomy issues to study and therefore, few internship as well a hospital experience is necessary. Second section will study the different stages of the disease, i.e. ulcer.Stages of Pressure Ulcer & its TreatmentIn the stage one, the sores are not usually open wounds and therefore the skin may result into a painful experience. It also has no breaks, tears and even the skin appears reddened itself and eventually its lose color as well. In the stage2, the skin breaks open, it also wears away and then form an ulcer. This sore expands into a number of deep layers in the skin, and it usually looks like a scrape, shallow crater or a blister. At this stage, the ulcer is at the highest level and the skin is severely damaged. This is the most critical stage for the WOC to treat and then diagnose the ulcer. In the stage 3, the sore receive worse situation and extends itself to the tissue underneath the skin and usually forms a small crater. In the stage 4, the pressure injury receives a deep pump, and further reaches into the muscle bone. This causes an extensive damage, and may occur to the joints as well.There are certain ways of treating the pressure ulcer, however, the WOC nurse is responsible for providing utmost comfort to the patients. For this purpose, she prepares and takes care of the specialty beds that could relieve the pressure ulcer. There are a number of speciliaty beds available for the purpose; it is studied that a WOC nurse must “reassure Relief Mattresses, Low Air Loss Mattress, Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Overlay, and Memory Foam. Pressure relief mattresses help individuals prevent the formation of pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers. When patients are bed confined, the lack of mobility and movement inhibits circulation.”Personal Experience with the PatientThis is a section where I share my personal experience with the patient in terms of WOC.I had clinical at WOC Hendrix hospital Abilene. I helped one patient who has ostomy on her abdomen for 6 months. I had a chance to change her ostomy on my clinical day. Hence, the experience was effectively knowledgeable and completely observational in nature.In this experience, I further learned the way patients involve their family. The WOC Hendrix Hospital is highly welcoming, and put high regards in involving the family. They further create a separate session with the family to educate them as well as provide a certain treatment method that they as a family member of the patient could practice. I had been treating this patient since 6 months so I have a vast observation about how honestly the patient felt during the process. The patient’s treatment resulted into effective and efficient results, and even helped them to cure with their emotional pain. Even I as a nurse helped the patient in dealing with the emotional problems which were led by the ostomy on her abdomen. Hence, on an overall scale this was a very fulfilling and experiential experience that will practically help in excelling my career. (Kaufman, 2001)ConclusionThe paper has studied WOC from different perspective. I also shared a personal experience regarding the WOC. My experience includes of 6 months which included clinical practice at WOC Hendrix hospital Abilene. I assisted one patient who has ostomy on her abdomen for 6 months. I had a chance to change her ostomy on my clinical day. Hence, the experience was effectively knowledgeable and completely observational in nature. Moreover, in this paper different stages of pressure ulcer were studied. From the personal experience, as well as the use of secondary resources I learned daily duties of a WOC nurse that included the way they manages effectively treating those incontinence, complex wounds and issues related to ostomy. A trained WOC nurse also helps in improving the patients across the board, and in order to find results she does that on a daily basis. (Carlsson, 2010)ReferencesCarlsson, E., Gylin, M., Nilsson, L., Svensson, K., Alverslid, I., & Persson, E. (2010). Positive and negative aspects of colostomy irrigation: a patient and WOC nurse perspective. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing, 37(5), 511-516.Kaufman, M. W. (2001). The WOC nurse: economic, quality of life, and legal benefits. Dermatology nursing, 13(3), 215.

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