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South Nassau Communities Hospital achieves Joint Commission wound care certification

Monday April 1, 2013
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South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., has received national wound care certification from The Joint Commission.

The certification was awarded for South Nassauís compliance and continuous dedication to the national standards for healthcare quality and safety as recommended by the commissionís Disease-Specific Care Certification program, according to a news release.

The wound care certification is available only to wound care programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, we have demonstrated our commitment to the highest level of wound care for our patients with chronic, nonhealing wounds," Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau, said in the release.

The certification is based on successful demonstrated compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"Joint Commission certification and accreditation complements the performance improvement initiatives that we implement so that South Nassau continues to fulfill its mission of providing standard-setting healthcare to the patients and communities we serve," Ruth Ragusa, RN, vice president of organizational effectiveness, said in the release.

The curative rate of South Nassauís wound care program is 95%, according to the release, which is above the national average.

Types of wounds treated at South Nassau include nonhealing wounds resulting from pressure, diabetes, venous insufficiency, traumatic wounds, radiation burns and arterial insufficiency. The program includes a staff of nurses certified in wound care treatment, along with home care nurses. •