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Washington Occupational Therapy Wound Care Management
A licensed occupational therapist may provide wound care management only:
Authorized healthcare providers:
An occupational therapist may not delegate wound care management, including any form of debridement.
Debridement is not an entry-level skill and requires specialized training, which must include:
Training must be provided through continuing education, mentoring, cotreatment, and observation. Consultation with the referring provider is required if the wound exposes anatomical structures underlying the skin, such as tendon, muscle, or bone, or if there is an obvious worsening of the condition, or signs of infection.
Occupational therapists may perform wound care management upon showing evidence of adequate education and training by submitting an affidavit to the board attesting to their education and training as follows:
Certification as a certified hand therapist by the hand therapy certification commission or as a wound care specialist by the national alliance of wound care or equivalent organization approved by the board is sufficient to meet the education requirements.