Wound Care Month: Important Terms to Know

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Accreditation: Accreditation is the process by which an accrediting agency certifies that an institution adheres to a set of educational criteria. The United States Department of Education maintains a listing of recognized accrediting agencies. Digital education materials such as conferences and webinars often go through accreditation.

CEU and CME: CME stands for continuing medical education credits for physicians and others with a medical license, whereas CE and CEU (continuing education unit) are terms used for other health professions.

Digital education: Digital education refers to the innovative implementation of digital tools and technologies during teaching and learning activities, including eLearning, microlearning, and mobile applications. Digital education can also be available in the form of virtual conferences and webinars.

Online wound care certification courses: These courses, which are available online, can include courses that educate the health care professional for certification examinations as a medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, LPN/LVN, RN, therapist, and physician, among other positions in the health care field.

Preparatory course learning/training: These courses, online or in person, prepare the health care professional for certification examinations.

Simulation lab learning: A simulation lab is intended to educate health care practitioners and students with immersive learning experiences.

Virtual conference: A virtual conference is a form of digital education that takes place in a virtual environment. It can include simulation labs, interactive learning, and presentations and can offer CME and CEU credits for participation.

Wound care certification: Certification is a voluntary process that requires a clinician's professional knowledge and skills to be evaluated on a frequent basis. Board certification demonstrates that a clinician possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to provide specialized care for wound care management.

Wound care specialist: Wound specialists are health care professionals who have received specialized training in the care and treatment of various wound etiologies.

Woundologist: A woundologist demonstrates knowledge and skills in the speciality of wound care management.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, HMP Global, its affiliates, or subsidiary companies

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