WOUND CARE SPECIALISTS: The Different Kind of Health Professionals

There are kinds of wounds in human body, starting from small cuts, light wounds, gunshot wounds, to heavy wounds caused by car accidents. Maybe those wounds can be healed even though some can leave scars on the skin. However, what if there are wounds that can’t be healed no matter how many treatments are done? Unfortunately, such wounds exist in this world. Who will be suitable to treat these wounds? These wounds may exist, but people who can treat these non-healing wounds exist in this world too. People call them Wound Specialists.

In  hospital jobs, Wound specialists are well-trained health care experts in all types of acute and chronic wound cares and treatments, focusing on treating non-healing wounds, commonly sustained from acute injury, surgical wounds, diabetic wounds and pressure sores. These kinds of non-healing wounds can affect and disrupt patients’ life, thus, wound specialists may have a big role in treating them.

Who They Are and What They Do
Nurses, physicians, and physical therapists are all part of an interdisciplinary team who treat patients with acute, chronic and non-healing wounds. They usually work in acute care hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, clinics and other health care facilities. Each of them has their own role and duty:

  • Nurses
    They clean, treat, and dress wounds. They also teach patients and their families how to tend for the wound at home. It is important to educate patients and their families about first aid in case no nurse or health experts nearby. Registered nurses in Australia make approximately average base salary of AU$60,000 per year.
  • Physicians
    They are specially trained to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic wounds. Being experts in several different disciplines including general surgery, vascular surgery, podiatry and dermatology, and many others, they have to undergo several studies to be a Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP) to be allowed to perform those surgeries. Their average base salary in Australia is around AU$296,862 per year.
  • Physical therapists
    They work with patients that need wound care. They are specialized in treatment modalities, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, whirlpool and compression therapy, and many others. The average base salary of physical therapists in Australia is more or less around AU$110,908 per year.

Why They Are Different
These health care professionals are specifically trained in wound care. A wound care specialist requires at least another three more years of experience in wound care after completing the basic courses in the health care field, and after that, they have to prove their specialized knowledge, competence and expertise through a written examination. Continuing education credits and periodic re-certification testing is required in order to maintain as well as improve their wound care expertise.

That’s all you need to know about wound care specialists and how they are different. Wound specialists are not only the experts in treating non-healing wounds, but they are also the core of the patients’ hope when dealing with the pain caused by these wounds mentally and physically.

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