A Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) nurse is a specialist in caring for patients with wounds, ostomy and continence conditions.
WOC nurses are Advanced Practice nurses with additional certifications in wound, ostomy, and continence. This advanced education allows them to treat special conditions, as well as provide support to patients and their families.
We treat the underlying problem, not just the wound
Often times, people with a non-healing wound, ostomy problem, or continence concern feel that they just have to “live with it” and carry on as best they can. Not true. The WOC Team at Rice works closely with your Primary Care Physician to treat the underlying problem and get you back to a healthy and active lifestyle.
You can talk to us about those health issues that are not easy to talk about…
We work closely with your Primary care physician and help you find solutions for:
- Painful wounds or bedsores
- Wounds or bedsores that don’t heal
- Problems caused by venous disease, such as wounds and/or swollen legs
- Having to run to the bathroom too often to urinate
- Feeling as if you have no control over your bladder and/or bowel
- Skin irritation from your ostomy
- Problems with your ostomy leaking and other “unmentionable” concerns
- Diabetes Mellitus with foot deformities, which can cause calluses and open wounds
- Wounds from surgeries that aren’t healing properly
What services does a WOC nurse provide?
- Wound and ostomy assessment and treatment
- Assessments of patient conditions
- Options for managing conditions
- A plan of care which includes supplies and equipment
- Preventive care
- Education to families and patients
- Specialized therapies
- Care in a variety of settings
- Teaching self-care for ostomies
new approaches and technologies
Sometimes the body needs to be restimulated in order to generate healing. The WOC Team at Rice offers the newest approaches and technologies for wound care, including Celleration MIST Therapy, which delivers painless, non-contact, low-frequency ultrasound waves through a saline mist to the wound bed. Unlike most wound therapies that are limited to treating the wound surface, the gentle sound waves of MIST Therapy stimulate the cells within and below the wound bed to accelerate the normal healing process.