Physical Therapists: Why Wound Certification is Right for You
As a physical therapist, you may be wondering what wound certification has to do with you and your professional life. In fact, there are hundreds of physical therapists who have become specialists in wound management. Why? There are many reasons, such as:
- Physical therapists see many patients with wounds – Physical therapists are in a unique position to judge how patient’s wounds affect their mobility, and vice versa. As a certified wound specialist, you will have more to offer your patients in terms of helping them through all stages of healing.
- Physical therapists are part of the multidisciplinary team – Physical therapists work together with physicians, nurses and others to plan care for their patients; as a certified wound management expert, as well as a physical therapist, you will have a lot to bring to the interdisciplinary table!
- Physical therapists have a strong base in anatomy/physiology – Physical therapists need to know so much about anatomy and physiology in order to do their jobs. By becoming certified as a wound management specialist, the physical therapist will strengthen this knowledge base.
- Employers will value certification – Certification in wound management can only enhance your career, and may open up avenues to advancement in the field of physical therapy, as well as helping you to care for your patients with maximum effect.
- Added benefit for your patients – Your patients will benefit not only from your expertise in physical therapy, but also from your expertise in wound management, making you doubly valuable.
- You can help decrease costs in your facility – Cost containment is an important issue in today’s financial climate, and your knowledge of how to manage wounds in the most cost-effective manner will ensure you save valuable resources and make you a valuable employee.
- You can expand your present role – As a certified wound specialist, you may be called upon to teach other physical therapists about the principles of wound management, or even members of other departments. Depending on where you work, you may be the only wound care specialist available, and may be called upon by other professionals to offer your opinion regarding the correct manner in which to treat a wound.
Becoming certified in wound management establishes you as an expert and provides you with advanced skills in patient care, teaching, and leadership; skills which are invaluable to you, your patients, and your employer. Specialize in wound care and leave the others behind.
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