AAWM Certifies 20 New CWSPs and 138 CWSs.
Washington, DC-After completing two successful examination cycles this Fall--for its Certified Wound Specialists Physician (CWSP) and Certified Wound Specialist® (CWS®) certifications, the American Academy of Wound Management proudly announces the certification of 20 CWSPs and 138 CWSs.
Launched in 2009, the CWSP was created in response to feedback received from physicians, to allow physicians to obtain an advanced level of wound certification beyond the CWS®. Currently, the CWSP is open to physicians and podiatrists who hold the CWS®.
Established in 1995, the CWS is the premiere multi-disciplinary wound certification organization in the country. It is open to physicians, podiatrists, physical therapists, and registered nurses who posses at least a bachelors of science in a life science field and a minimum of three years of wound care experience.
"We are now practicing in an environment where cost containment, pay for performance, and patient outcomes are paramount. It is critically important to show patients and payers that you have taken steps to practice at the highest levels utilizing evidence based protocols and best practices. In my opinion, certification is one of the elements required to establish credibility," said AAWM President Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, FACCWS.
In addition to the CWSP and CWS®, the AAWM offers the Certified Wound Care Associate™ (CWCA®) credential, which is open to sales industry professionals, non-bachelor degree nurses, and allied health assistants, aides, and technicians, who posses at least three years of wound care experience.
The Purpose of the American Academy of Wound Management is to establish and administer a certification process to elevate the standard of care across the continuum of wound management. The Academy is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach in promoting prevention, care and treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Each certification includes a rigorous examination and completion demonstrates a distinct and specialized expertise in the practice of wound care. For more information, please visit www.aawm.org.
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A delegation of AAWM Board
Members and CWS™ Diplomates have been to
I have been part of a Rehabilitation team in
Haiti for the past three years. I am a Physical
Therapist, CWS™ and my mission is with HealinghandsforHaiti.org.
This is the only organization on the island that
provides Physical and Occupational services and
Prosthetics and Orthotics care. I will be returning
to Haiti on 3/16 for 12 days with a very different
mission. We had a medical team that went to Haiti
about the week after the earthquake and they provided
wound care and follow-up appointments for suture
removals and wound care. Our team will switch
our focus on the wound care, fracture and amputation
care. On our property we had a five story apartment
building that collapse and killed a UN worked
and another individual. One of our administrators
lost his wife who was in her Residency program
when she returned home after her shift and went
to lie down and take a nap and the building collapsed.
She sustained significant injuries and died due
to no access to medical care. Our main clinic
area sustained heavy damage and we are now working
with make shift facilities on the property.
On February 11, 2010, I traveled to Haiti to
volunteer my medical services with the University
of Miami-Medishare Project. The Project was founded
in 1994 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier
from the Miller/University of Miami School of
Medicine. The day after the earthquake the Medishare
project set up a tent field hospital at the Port-au-Prince
airport. The hospital now has over 240-beds, with
dedicated tents for pediatric and adults patients.
They have 4 fully operational operating rooms,
in the rear of the pediatric tent. There is also
a separate tent dedicated to patients with orthopedic
injuries and another tent where outpatient wound
care is administered. Read
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