American Professional Wound Care Association
The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) is a non-profit medical association welcoming all medical specialties involved in treating the various forms of non-healing wounds, including diabetic, vascular, ischemic, pressure ulcers, burns and cancer.

American College of Certified Wound Specialists

The American College of Certified Wound Specialists™ (ACCWS), comprised of interdisciplinary wound care professionals, will promote to the public and wound care community an enhanced awareness and understanding of the potential impact the Certified Wound Specialist® (CWS®) can have on the general healthcare environment.

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care
The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is the preeminent multidisciplinary organization for wound care. AAWC is a non-profit association, headquartered in the United States. This organization is open to everyone involved in wound care, including clinicians, patients and their lay caregivers, facilities, industry, students, retirees and others interested in the care of wounds. AAWC was conceived in 1995 to spread awareness by promoting excellence in education, clinical practice, public policy and research.

National Alliance of Wound Care
The National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC) is a non-profit organization, governed by a voluntary board of directors. NAWC, through its credentialing board, offers the WCC® certification. From its beginning, only seven years ago, the NAWC has grown to more than 7,500 wound care certified professionals. Today, the WCCs of NAWC are the largest and fastest growing group of certified wound care professionals in the United States. NAWC embraces those from a wide range of healthcare licensures, which makes NAWC the most diverse and inclusive wound care certification organization today. The NAWC helps all WCCs with resources and support to help them advance their professional recognition and their careers.

Wound Healing Society
The Wound Healing Society is a non-profit organization composed of clinical and basic scientists. The society provides a forum for interaction among scientists, physicians, licensed practitioners, industrial representatives and government agencies. Membership to the Society is open to individuals who have a demonstrated interest in the field of wound healing. Founded in 1990, the society is recognized among professionals and government agencies as the leading scientific organization focused in this area of wound healing.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is a professional international nursing society of more than 4,600 healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence.

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Choosing a Wound Dressing, part 1
Nursing, 2008
By: Sharon Baranoski, RN, APN, CWOCN, MSN, FAAN, DAPWCA

Nutrition Guidelines to Improve Wound Healing
Cleveland Clinic