Wound Care as a PTA

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Stan in Biloxi, Mississippi

57 months ago

I've read these forums alot and Many PTS's talk about areas of work..such as SNF, outpatient, homehealth ect... Im interested in wound care. Is this a big area for PTA's. Im about to do some clinicals in this area. Seems like this is my area. Anybody in wound care to give me some pointers..is it hard to find a job in this area..? is the salary compared to the SNF? things like that..Thanks

Stan

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ch2554 in Sarasota, Florida

52 months ago

I am also a pta 2nd year student and am also interested in wound care. I was wondering the same thing. Do ptas do alot of woundcare in inpatient or home care settings?

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Stan in Gulfport, Mississippi

52 months ago

ch2554 in Sarasota, Florida said: I am also a pta 2nd year student and am also interested in wound care. I was wondering the same thing. Do ptas do alot of woundcare in inpatient or home care settings?

Hey ch2554,
While i was doing my clinicals in Wound Care, I had the PT say that there are lots of PTA's in wound care....But I dont hear of many....It was really cool to work in that area. Boy did I feel like I was helping.. It seems like they would pay on the upper end in this area. I mean its not like Im just telling them to get on a machine. It takes a very skilled PTA to do this type of work and should get paid accordingly.

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ch2554 in Sarasota, Florida

52 months ago

Do you know what type of setting you would be more likely to find a pta doing wound care. (acute-hospital, acute-long term rehab, snf ect?)I would like to do a clinical that is involved in this area so far I have only done outpatient. There was no wound care, lots of Theraputic exercise and modalities.

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Lee in Biloxi, Mississippi

52 months ago

At most acute care hospitals there a wound care center. In mississippi there is. They do hyperbaric chamber and regular wound care. It's a big O.R. type of room. Really cool atmosphere. The day I went we did Diabetic ulcer wound care and I got to take off a cast or two. There was 2 PT and PTA's and a couple of RN's. Working there. They did old tissue removal. I think PTA's can work in the burn unit. Hope this helps.

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bluelineman in McKinney, Texas

52 months ago

I now work in home health where no woundcare is done by PTAs. It's all the nurses. Most of my woundcare experience has been in acute care (very large teaching hospital) & long term acute (LTAC). I got my woundcare experience in the Air Force. So after getting out, I already had experience. It's hit or miss on which places have PTs/PTAs do woundcare. You just have to ask around.

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alayna in Milton, Florida

46 months ago

I have been a PTA for about 11 years working mostly in a SNF environment. PT's and PTA's have kinda phased out wound care. I believe it is because of reimbursement issues from medicare. Recently (within the last few years)the company I work for began a wound care program. Since then I have gotten my my wound care certification and have been providing wound care including sharp debridement, nursing and family education for 2 facilities in the pensacola area. My goal is to become the wound care consultant for this region with the company I currently work for. So far I have only met one other wound specialist that is a PTA and she is actually practicing as a consultant in the Biloxi area. There are not a lot of us, so I believe that is a very good specialty to have. I have never been happier at a job in my career. It was a good step for me.... Good luck!

Stan in Biloxi, Mississippi said: I've read these forums alot and Many PTS's talk about areas of work..such as SNF, outpatient, homehealth ect... Im interested in wound care. Is this a big area for PTA's. Im about to do some clinicals in this area. Seems like this is my area. Anybody in wound care to give me some pointers..is it hard to find a job in this area..? is the salary compared to the SNF? things like that..Thanks

Stan

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Stan in Biloxi, Mississippi

46 months ago

Thanks for your comments....I like wound care. I believe I will pursue a certification. Im new to PTA..but I LOVE it. Sure beats nursing.

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PTA No 1 in Miami, Florida

43 months ago

Im a PTA in miami and I do sharp debridement everyday

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GJ in Redondo Beach, California

43 months ago

I did an internship in an acute hospital setting and my CI (PTA) did lots of wound care. I was setting up wound-vacs (even in the O.R. following an amputation once) and doing sharp debridement along with the basic stuff.
If I remember correctly- PTA's can get an advanced certification of CWCA- Clinical Wound Care Associate/Assistant (which I believe a few levels of nurses can also obtain). Whereas PT/DPT's can obtain their CWCS- Clinical Wound Care Specialist.

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lindsey in Pell City, Alabama

43 months ago

i am just now in my 1st year of college ,but i am about to be able to apply for the PTA program. Is it hard to get in?

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ch2554 in Sarasota, Florida

42 months ago

PTA No 1 in Miami, Florida said: Im a PTA in miami and I do sharp debridement everyday

what type of facility do you work at?

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Danny in Sherwood, Wisconsin

33 months ago

Lindsey its not to hard, im in my last semester of my PTA program, I would just make sure all of your gen eds are done. I ran into that problem when i got excepted in early and I still had my A&P and take.

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Jenkins,S in Gainesville, Florida

33 months ago

For all the PTA's out there. I want to know if PTA school was hard?

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Riley in Mishawaka, Indiana

33 months ago

Jenkins,S in Gainesville, Florida said: For all the PTA's out there. I want to know if PTA school was hard?

Im in PTA school right now. To be honest, it kind of depends on the school. Lots of studying. I study 3-4 hours, 4-6 hours on the night before a test. But all in all, the associates degree makes this program sound easy, but its pretty challenging.

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PTA in Towson, Maryland

24 months ago

alayna in Milton, Florida said: I have been a PTA for about 11 years working mostly in a SNF environment. PT's and PTA's have kinda phased out wound care. I believe it is because of reimbursement issues from medicare. Recently (within the last few years)the company I work for began a wound care program. Since then I have gotten my my wound care certification and have been providing wound care including sharp debridement, nursing and family education for 2 facilities in the pensacola area. My goal is to become the wound care consultant for this region with the company I currently work for. So far I have only met one other wound specialist that is a PTA and she is actually practicing as a consultant in the Biloxi area. There are not a lot of us, so I believe that is a very good specialty to have. I have never been happier at a job in my career. It was a good step for me.... Good luck!

Alayna,

I just graduated and will be starting my first job in acute care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I know they do wound care there and would like to get my certification. Do you know if you can demand a higher salary when moving towards SNF's or other hospitals?

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