Certification for wound care are available but wound care is not typically addressed as an area of specialization for nurses. There is a corresponding lack of wound care training for nurses in key fields including those who work with diabetics. Research shows that proper wound care can minimize complications related to lack of mobility including bed sores, and reduce the rates of amputations. Comprehensive wound care training is therefore essential for nurses working with the elderly, diabetics, and burn victims.
Second, organizational issues stymie effective wound care interventions. One of the organizational issues cited most frequently in the literature is a lack of standardization of wound care procedures. A lack of standardization is one of the most often-cited reason for the ineffective implementation of wound care treatment, as nurses with varying levels of training employ wound care strategies sporadically and without guidance.
Dressing, re-dressing, use of antimicrobial agents, and environmental management are some of the issues that can be covered by institutional standards. Patient training in wound care is also essential, making necessary effective nurse leadership and communication. Pain management is also an area requiring standardization.
Finally, cutting-edge wound care interventions may promote patient health and health outcome. Whether new anti-microbial agents, new pharmaceutical interventions for pain, scar treatments, or virtual reality, cutting-edge tools and technologies can and should be part of nurse training. Nurses also need to be sensitive to the cosmetic effects of wounds and their scars and counsel their patients according to what scar treatments may be available..