Cheryl Carver

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Terminology
November 8th, 2018

By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

It is 2018, and health care professionals around the world are still debating what to call skin damage. I totally immersed myself in wound care because of losing my 47-year-old mother to what was then called "decubitus ulcers...

August 22nd, 2018

By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, DAPWCA, FACCWS, CLTC – Wound Educator

Documentation Error
August 1st, 2018

By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, DAPWCA, FACCWS, CLTC – Wound Educator

Combat Medicine
July 11th, 2018

By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, DAPWCA, FACCWS, CLTC – Wound Educator

Introduction

As a veteran of the U.S. Army, and having a grandfather who was a U.S. Army combat medic, I have always had an interest in combat wound care.

Stop Pressure Injuries - Pressure Injury Prevention
September 28th, 2017

By Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

I consider myself to be beyond blessed. I know that my purpose in life is to be useful, compassionate, and to make a difference in wound care… In any capacity I can.

I have no problem sharing my mother's story...

pressure-injuries
July 6th, 2017

By Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Incorrect staging of pressure injuries can cause many types of repercussions. Incorrect documentation can also be worse than no...

fat grafting for pressure injuries
May 25th, 2017

By Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

long-term care wound education
March 30th, 2017

By Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

I tell everyone that long-term care is the toughest arena for a wound consultant. However, it can also be the most rewarding. The focus of this month's blog is to give you an inside look of what really goes on in nursing...

Telemedicine Wound Care
January 27th, 2017

by Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Let's be frank: wound care telemedicine cannot replace a visit to a physician's office or the wound care center. Telemedicine was primarily developed to reduce visits and help serve people living in rural communities....

Managing shear and pressure in preventing pressure injuries
November 23rd, 2016

by Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Let us start off this post with a typical scenario. You walk into any facility or institution and you see a patient slouched in their wheelchair, with no wheelchair cushion. You notice part of their brief hanging out of...

fungi candida albicans 3D
September 29th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

It doesn't matter where exactly I am educating, I see it everywhere: the vicious cycle of chronic intertrigo and/or candida infections (candidiasis) of the skin in the long-term care arena. Skin and soft tissue infections are...

Stage 1 Pressure Injury - Darkly Pigmented Skin
August 11th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

I have worked all over the country as an educator. The same gaps in education arise everywhere. A few years ago, I began teaching skin color awareness as part of my course curriculum. I feel strongly about it being a part of...

off label drug prescription
July 15th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

making wound product selection decisions
June 10th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Whether you are a provider or a clinician, the challenge of wound dressing selection is ongoing. I have been an educator for quite some time now, and have found that the easiest way to teach dressing selection is by dressing...

patient repositioning for pressure injury prevention
May 26th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

I am very passionate about wound care, but pressure injury (pressure ulcer) prevention and awareness is at the top of my list for many reasons. My mother passed away in my arms at the young age of 47 due to complications of...

advanced bioactive wound technologies
April 12th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

The growing market for bioactive wound care products has been very interesting and exciting to me. I have been involved the past couple years as an anonymous wound panel expert, council member, and consultant for upcoming...

eschar on heel pressure ulcer
March 17th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Knowing the difference between a scab and eschar may not seem like a big deal. However, if you are being audited, or your facility is in survey, you might think otherwise. Here are a couple of scenarios for you to think about...

wet-to-dry dressing changes using gauze
February 17th, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

The big debate continues in regards to using wet-to-dry dressings. One thing that is for certain though is that this type of dressing is frowned upon in long-term care facilities per the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel...

Long-Term Care Wound Management Formulary
January 21st, 2016

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

medical documentation
December 10th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

In my role as a consultant and educator, I thought it would be interesting to acquire a handful of perspectives from wound care providers who work in the long-term care arena, and explore their responses.

November 13th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Lab culture
October 15th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Wound Dressing Supplies
September 10th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

I feel like I am spinning my wheels on this warm sunny day in Ohio. My passion for wound care continues to grow, but I have days like these every once in a while. I always say, "We don't know what we don't know, right?" So I...

Staphylococcus aureus biofilm
August 18th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

job safety training
July 16th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

safety net
June 18th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Nursing Skills
May 14th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

As a wound care consultant, I receive many requests to conduct ongoing in-services of various topics with "all" nursing staff. This request is intended for the LVN/LPN and RN staff. My definition of "all" nursing staff is...

April 28th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Being an independent wound care education consultant in long-term care, I get a lot of questions regarding...

Doctor's pocket
March 19th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

Fairground
February 26th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

My approach to long-term care education has always been to have fun and leave a lasting impression so that my audience will learn. Anyone that has been to one of my skin and wound care classes will validate this (*wink wink...

January 26th, 2015

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

As a child, I did my best to teach my stuffed animals. I lined them up perfectly, and set up my little card table and chairs. I couldn’t wait to grow up and become a real teacher. Teaching what, I didn’t know. Well, since...

December 11th, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

As a traveling wound care educator for physicians, I am observing many changes within the state survey...

band aid treats
October 27th, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

It is getting close to Halloween! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so lets have some fun with the serious subject of long-term care facility state surveys, which can occur regardless of the holidays...

August 26th, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

July 30th, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. — Dr. Seuss

I have been referred to as the "crazy wound nurse" by many of my co-workers and patients throughout the years....

July 11th, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

A long-term care facility is paid thousands of dollars monthly to take care of our loved ones. This should assure us to feel a healthy sense of entitlement to quality of care. So why were there more than 2.5 million pressure...

May 28th, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

National Nurse's Week (May 6-12) clearly influenced me for this month's blog topic. I think about teamwork among nursing staff members. A joint effort is not only paramount in delivering quality health care, but can also help...

April 22nd, 2014

by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

If you could trade places with one person for one day, who would it be? Your first thought may be an Olympian, celebrity, or even a superhero. Who wouldn't want to be awarded a gold medal, walk the red carpet, or wear a cape...