Wound, Ostomy and Continence Care at Home

Henry Ford Home Health Care's wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) program provides clinical and consultative services to patients and their caregivers in their homes. This service is provided by a certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse (CWOCN), or a nurse who is extensively trained in specialty wound care. The CWOCN may also act as a liaison between the patient, staff and ordering physician.

The wound, ostomy and continence nurse will assess and manage:

  • Acute and chronic wounds
  • Skin breakdown
  • Fecal and/or urinary incontinence
  • Ostomies and continent diversions
  • Evaluation of patients for appropriate and efficient use of specialty beds
  • Plan of care for patients with altered skin integrity due to pressure necrosis, drainage or incontinence

Who can benefit from the consultative services of a wound, ostomy and continence nurse?

  • Ostomy patients with peristomal skin complications
  • Ostomy patients who require more than two pouch changes weekly
  • Patients with continent diversions requiring teaching
  • Wound care patients requiring debridement
  • Wound care patients who have failed to progress after two weeks of therapy

What can the patient expect?

  • Adjunctive wound care (negative pressure wound therapy, debridement management, offloading, compression therapy)
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Ostomy management (patient and caregiver teaching, product recommendation/selection, ongoing support)
    Treatment of continence-related skin problems
  • Wound management (consultation, wound assessment, pressure ulcer prevention plan and follow up, product recommendation/selection, patient and family education).