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Wound care programs in a range of settings, from physician offices to long term care facilities, specialize in the treatment of nonhealing or complex wounds. To help them demonstrate their expertise in advanced therapies and dedication to safety and quality, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program has launched an Advanced Wound Care Certification program offering two options: Advanced Wound Care Certification and Advanced Wound Care Certification with Distinction.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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HFAP Launches Advanced Wound Care Certification

Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), founded in 1945, is launching an Advanced Wound Care Certification program, enabling wound care centers to showcase their specialty services to patients and payers.

Wound care programs can be found in a variety of health care settings, including hospital outpatient, ambulatory surgery center, physician offices, and long term care facilities. The programs focus on nonhealing or complex wounds—often considered chronic wounds—that fail to proceed through normal phases of wound healing. An estimated 6.7 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds, with treatment costs surpassing $50 billion annually. Chronic wounds may be classified as vascular ulcers, diabetic ulcers, or pressure ulcers, each requiring highly trained professionals to properly administer treatment.

“Wound care centers employ advanced therapies to address the unique physiological conditions preventing each wound from healing,” says Elizabeth Ketchem, RN, CWS, HFAP Wound Care Technical Advisory Group member, of Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. “Many health care organizations with wound centers seek certification to demonstrate their commitment to patient safety and high-quality, specialized services.”

While a certification is not required by payers, achieving HFAP’s Advanced Wound Care Certification will set a center apart from competitors, creating a distinct marketing advantage.

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