FORT WORTH, Texas, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wound Institute today announced the launch of a new online resource for patients and their caregivers offering disease state education to empower them in managing difficult-to-heal and chronic wounds. The new online site will initially offer three educational modules, available in either English or Spanish language versions: 1) Sores That Will Not Heal; 2) Debridement of Sores (debridement refers to the removal of dead tissue to prepare a wound for healing); and 3) Treatment of Sores. The educational resources are made available at no cost to patients and caregivers, and can be accessed at www.TheWoundInstitute.com.
The educational modules, developed in conjunction with the Patient Education Institute (Iowa City, Iowa), will also be featured on the patient advocacy site of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC; http://www.aawconline.org/aawc-blog/) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) online resource for consumer education called MedlinePlus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/). All modules have been written to meet Health Care Literacy Standards.
"Education about wounds and their treatment is critical to achieve maximum cooperation among patient, caregiver and their healthcare provider," noted Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS and AAWC president. "When all understand the importance of a recommended treatment approach, caregivers can encourage adherence to the regimen and patients will understand the need for compliance, resulting in improved treatment success and greater satisfaction with outcomes."
The goal of each module is to provide the patient or their caregiver with information that helps them better understand the causes of their wound, as well as their treatment options. The modules allow the learner to control their educational pace and the course content can be printed out for future reference and to facilitate discussion with healthcare professionals.
"We are pleased to join forces with The Wound Institute to bring patients and their caregivers objective information and support tools that will help them manage the challenges associated with their wound care," commented William J. Ennis, DO, MBA and AAWC past-president. "These educational offerings represent a welcome addition to our recently launched Patient Advocacy Campaign, which was designed to create an organized, collective, singular voice to elevate the importance of the patient in the multidisciplinary approach to wound care."
"We are excited to extend our partnership with the wound care community to include patients and their caregivers," added Komel Grover, Director of Medical Education at Healthpoint Biotherapeutics. "We plan to further expand the educational offerings with the goal of fostering an ongoing and beneficial dialogue between patients, caregivers and their healthcare providers."
About The Wound Institute®
Since its inception in 2005, The Wound Institute has become the industry leader for interactive continuing wound care education provided at no cost to its membership of 35,000-plus healthcare professionals. The Wound Institute features comprehensive, research-based courses that assist healthcare providers in bridging the gap between knowledge and practice. With its richly animated programs, The Wound Institute offers an interactive and innovative teaching style to its membership, which consists of physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and nursing home administrators.
The Wound Institute partners with well-regarded knowledge leaders as faculty advisors to deliver disease-based education and enhanced practical treatment information. The educational offerings are designed to accommodate the preferences and workplace demands of healthcare professionals by allowing physicians and non-physician clinicians to complete courses at their own pace. The Wound Institute also serves as a conduit for accredited education whereby users may choose to be directed to a third-party site, register for courses that carry the CE/CME/CPE designation and, upon successful completion, receive the appropriate accreditation hours for their course work.
Made possible by the support of Healthpoint Biotherapeutics, The Wound Institute is in its sixth year as a provider of objective, educational modules and continuing education for the wound care medical community—and, most recently, for patients and their caregivers, as well. To access any of the modules, register at www.TheWoundInstitute.com.
About Healthpoint Biotherapeutics
Healthpoint Biotherapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, cost-effective solutions for tissue repair and healing. The company's diversified research and development strategy is presently centered around therapeutic enzymes, biologics and next-generation cell- and cell-matrix based therapies for the prevention and treatment of acute, chronic and burn-related wounds. Currently marketed products include Collagenase SANTYL® Ointment and OASIS® Wound Matrix. Healthpoint Biotherapeutics is also committed to advancing the care and treatment of wounds through support of industry leading continuing education from The Wound Institute®. To learn more about this comprehensive and award winning educational resource, please visit TheWoundInstitute.com. Healthpoint Biotherapeutics is a DFB Pharmaceuticals, Inc., affiliate company, and is based in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit the company website at www.Healthpoint.com.
HEALTHPOINT, SANTYL, THE WOUND INSTITUTE and THEWOUNDINSTITUTE.COM are registered trademarks of Healthpoint, Ltd.
OASIS is a registered trademark of Cook Biotech, Inc.
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