June is officially Wound Healing Awareness Month!
Wound Healing Awareness month was created by the American Board of Wound Management Foundation (ABWM). The ABWM Foundation’s goal of Wound Healing Awareness month is to expose the need for certified wound care professionals and promote proper wound care for all.
Wound Care Awareness Month (WHAM)
Another goal of Wound Care Awareness Month is to recognize those living with chronic wounds. There are currently over SEVEN million Americans suffering from chronic wounds, including two million struggling with diabetic foot ulcers.
Unfortunately, the cost of wound care is on the rise. Americans are spending a collective $50 billion each year on wound care. By educating the public on proper wound care, the ABWM hopes to reduce this healthcare burden.
Celebrating Certified Wound Care Professionals
By celebrating certified wound care professionals, the ABWM hopes that more healthcare professionals will work to become wound care certified. Nurses, doctors, medical assistants, administrators, and sales professionals can all become wound care certified through the ABWM. Certified wound care professionals distinguish themselves among their colleagues by showing a dedication to wound care. By knowing more about wound management, these professionals also facilitate better outcomes for patients suffering
A certified and experienced wound professional can make all the difference in helping fight this growing statistic. Wound care specialists are knowledgable on multiple wound management procedures, which in turn helps patients with better wound healing outcomes.
About WHAM – Wound Healing Awareness Month
Wound Healing Awareness Month, or WHAM as the ABWM calls it, was founded in 2016. This is the ABWM’s sixth successful year promoting Wound Healing Awareness Month. Fitting with the acronym WHAM, the ABWM always opts for a fun, comic book theme, evoking a Roy Lichtenstein vibe. WHAM merchandise is available on their website.
June 14-18th is Certified Wound Specialists Week
Not only is it Wound Healing Awareness Month, but this week is also Certified Wound Care Specialists Week. The ABWM dedicates this special week to all practitioners who have obtained their CWCA, CWS, or CWSP wound care certifications.
Become Wound Care Certified
If you are thinking about becoming wound care certified, Wound Care Awareness Month is a perfect time! To learn more about which ABWM certifications may be right for you, visit our ABWM certifications page. WoundEducators.com online wound care courses will help prepare you for the CWCA, CWS, or the CWSP.
More About the ABWM Foundation
The ABWM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It benefits the healthcare industry by helping support the ABWM and promotion of wound care certification. It benefits the public by providing education and research to support wound care.