Samantha Kuplicki, Certified Wound Specialist and Wound Care Consultant

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Surgeon Changing Gloves
April 18th, 2018

By Samantha Kuplicki MSN, MSN, APRN-CNS, AGNCS-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, RNFA, CFCN

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most frequent complications in colorectal surgery...

surgical site infection prevention
December 8th, 2017

By Samantha Kuplicki MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Great news! Data suggest that surgical site infection (SSI) incidence could be halved with implementation of evidence-based interventions. So, why are interventions not ubiquitously utilized across health care...

preventing-surgical-site-infections
March 1st, 2017

By Samantha Kuplicki MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Identifying the presence of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) is an important, basic skill for the wound specialist, and even more essential is understanding how to apply evidence-based, risk-reducing interventions. SSIs...

surgical site infection prevention
December 15th, 2016

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most common hospital-acquired infections, accounting for 20% of total documented infections each year and costing approximately $34,000 per episode. SSIs are responsible for...

skin care moisturizers
September 8th, 2016

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

There are currently hundreds of skin moisturizing products on the market for clinicians to choose from. It is often difficult to wade through various brands and formulations to determine which is appropriate to treat a...

comparative research on NPWT devices
June 30th, 2016

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Recently, we've reviewed application and documentation strategies for NPWT, but what about navigating the different systems currently on the market? We know all devices have the mechanism of negative pressure in common...

documenting negative pressure wound therapy
May 19th, 2016

In my previous blog installment, we touched on some foundational elements of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). So, now that we are armed with the basics of application, we need to talk about how to document it! It would seem logical to simply 'write down what was done'. But, in learning...

Advancing wound care skills in applying NPWT
March 23rd, 2016

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

When I was just starting out in wound care, the truth was I really did not have the first clue about how to apply the NPWT dressing system. Foam, gauze, skin prep, drape, tubing, all the buttons on the unit, the...

Wound Care Case Study
January 21st, 2016

This is the account of a patient case in which technology, clinician experience, and patient adherence converged to save a limb.

In August of 2013, a 59 year old female with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, severe peripheral artery disease, a history of tobacco abuse and a recent...

DME products
December 16th, 2015

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Ordering wound care dressing supplies can prove to be a frustrating task for many providers and clinicians. Unfortunately, I have encountered many health care providers that describe feelings of dread when working with...

wound care supplies
September 16th, 2015

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

In the last installment of my blog, we discussed a brief overview of billing for wound care products and dressings (durable medical equipment or DME) in several common care settings. Let's talk about the Hospital...

Compass
May 21st, 2015

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

It is becoming increasingly difficult to be involved in wound care at any level without having a working knowledge of the intricacies of varying policies regarding surgical dressings for wounds. Care setting, Medicare...

Pain
March 26th, 2015

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

You've been asked to evaluate a patient for negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). It turns out they're a perfect candidate, so you start the process to have the unit placed immediately! The order is entered into the...

Arrows
January 23rd, 2015

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

After graduating with my BSN and passing the NCLEX, I was dead set on becoming the perfect ICU nurse. I am a very detail-oriented, meticulous, and organized person, which I had been told is great for the critical care...