Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (CWOCNs) have received additional training and are board-certified in the treatment of patients with wounds, ostomies and fecal or urinary incontinence. The CWOCNs at Children's of Alabama work as consulting team and see patients in all inpatient areas of the hospital as well as in all the outpatient clinics at the Main Campus downtown. Another important role of the CWOCNs is providing staff education to help maintain patients’ healthy skin integrity and mitigate hospital-acquired skin injuries.
CWOCNs specialize in providing education and support to families and caregivers of patients with issues related to wounds, ostomies, and incontinence. CWOCNs attend educational conferences and stay abreast of research and literature to provide the most current, evidence-based care to our patients.
Some types of wounds that we see include:
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Skin infections/abscesses
- Staph Scalded Skin Syndrome
- Steven Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa
- Neoplastic lesions
- Graft versus host disease
- Vascular and ischemic injuries
- Pressure injuries
- Moisture Associated Skin Damage
- Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injuries
- Extravasation injuries