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WOC Nurse Week

WOC Nurse Week

Sunday, April 13th, kicked off the beginning of WOC Nurse Week, which will last until April 19th. During this week, we here at 180 Medical honor and recognize the many wonderful WOC nurses across the nation. The ultimate goal of this week is to educated and make others aware of the work that WOC nurses do every day.

What is a WOC Nurse?

wocn week WOC stands for the areas in which a nurse specializes: Wound, Ostomy, and Continence. So WOC nurses specifically care and help treat patients with wounds, ostomies (urostomy, colostomy, &/or ileostomy), and/or any continence issues, such as bowel or bladder incontinence.

During a recent study conducted in-home health care settings, it was found that WOC nurses can greatly affect patient improvement levels. Per this study, patients who were taken care of by a WOC (as opposed to patients who did not have a WOC nurse) were:

  • Nearly twice as likely to have an improvement in pressure ulcers.
  • 20% more likely to have an improvement in lower extremity ulcers.
  • 40% more likely to have an improvement in surgical wounds.
  • 40% more likely to have an improvement in urinary incontinence.
  • 14% more likely to have an improvement in bowel incontinence.

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Join Us in Honoring WOC Nurse Week

Lastly, we just want to say thank you to all WOC Nurses, including those who help take care of our customers every day! We appreciate and honor your compassion, care, and knowledge in your field of specialization.

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About the Author
WOC Nurse Week
Jessica is the Sr. Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, where she's worked for 13 years. Her favorite part of her job is getting to be creative and seeing the positive impact we can make on our customers' lives.

Outside of work, you can find her hanging out at home with her husband and their dogs or browsing garden centers where she will almost certainly buy another houseplant she doesn't really need.