Wound care specialists are health care workers specially trained in the care and treatment of a wide variety of wounds, according to Wound Care Centers. A patient is often referred to a wound care specialist when a wound has failed to heal after one month of conventional treatment. This type of wound may require specialized therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Family and patient education is also critical to the healing process.
Wound care specialists are found in an array of health care settings from emergency rooms to home health agencies. They treat wounds resulting from acute injury, postoperative wounds, bed sores, diabetic and vascular ulcers, and radiation wounds, explains Wound Care Centers.
In order to become a certified wound care specialist, an individual must receive additional training beyond the basic courses required for a job in the health care field. Three years of experience in wound care must be obtained before completing a written examination. To maintain wound care specialist status, an individual must continue meeting educational goals and take periodic recertification tests. A doctors can become a certified wound specialist physician through the American Academy of Wound Management, according to Wound Care Centers. Nurses, physical therapists and medical technicians are certified through the same organization.