Wound Care as a PTA

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Lee in Biloxi, Mississippi

96 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

96 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

91 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

90 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

88 months ago

Im a PTA in miami and I do sharp debridement everyday

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GJ in Redondo Beach, California

88 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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Carolyn in Layton, Utah

7 months ago

I am a PTA and would like to become wound care certified. Does the P.T. overseeing me also need to have wound care certification? Thank you for any comments.

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