Wound Care Technician Salary
The average wage for a Wound Care Technician is $14.13 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.
Job Description for Wound Care Technician
Wound care technicians work in a hospital or clinical environment and care for patients' wounds, including cleaning and dressing, to facilitate their recovery.Read More...
These technicians oversee hyperbaric programs in hospitals, which place the patient in a pressurized air chamber filled with one-hundred-percent oxygen to facilitate healing, in which new blood vessels can replace damaged ones. Prior to conducting therapy, they also carry out evaluations, take photos, and work with patients' doctors to develop treatment plans. It is important to be able to troubleshoot the machinery involved in these processes and ensure it is functioning properly, and routine maintenance and cleaning are also necessary to prevent potential problems.
Wound care technicians are also responsible for cleaning and sterilizing the instruments used in the treatment of wounds, as well as maintaining inventory. As treatment plans progress, they must keep records and document the progress, or lack thereof, so the doctor can determine the next steps. A high school diploma is a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers provide on-the-job training and will allow the technician to take hyperbaric and wound care courses after being hired.
Wound Care Technician Tasks
- Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
- Assist removal and preparation of dressings and topical medications.
- Performs minor and major debridement, fasciotomies and escarotomies.
- Set up, adjust, maintain and clean medical equipment.
- Collect and record tissue samples from burn patients.
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