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Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, CWS, CWCN-AP, RNFA

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Samantha Kuplicki's Background
Samantha is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Gerontology. Additionally, she is dual board certified in Wound Care by both the American Board of Wound Management as a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) and by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board as an Advanced Practice Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN-AP). She is active in the Wound Care industry serving as content author, advisor and subject matter expert authoring and reviewing topics for various publications. She has served on the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) CWCA Examination Committee since 2013 and presently serves on the CWS Examination Committee. Samantha has participated in AAWC's Website Committee since 2014. Samantha’s clinical experience includes acute care, outpatient clinics, general and plastics/reconstructive surgery, and burn management. She is experienced in wound care consulting and billing/coding. Samantha has an intense passion for caring for patients, and enjoys participating in causes that further the practice of skin and wound care, including educating medical professionals, patients and caregivers alike.

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Hillcrest Medical Center
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers - Classification Systems
    Diabetic Foot Ulcer Classifications - Wagner, University of Texas, WIfI, IDSA. Actionable tables with pictures and documentation tips for proper ICD-10 coding
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer - Introduction and Assessment
    A diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) can be defined as a full-thickness wound below the ankle, or as a lesion of the foot penetrating through the dermis, in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
    This topic provides an updated evidence-based review and reimbursement policies on the use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT), with a focus on chronic wounds.
  • How to Select and Apply Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Devices
    This topic provides practical guidance to wound care clinicians on the selection of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) devices, device application with step-by-step pictures, assessment of therapy effectiveness, and troubleshooting.
  • Case: Circumferential Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
    Use of compression therapy to reduce edema on patients with complex chronic leg ulcers can be challenging or contraindicated. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) circumferential dressing may be an option for complex cases.
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer - Prevention
    Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFUs) are a chronic problem. Recurrence rates range from 8–59% however, up to 75% of DFUs may be preventable. Therefore, long-term maintenance must be addressed even for healed ulcers to prevent recurrence.
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer - Treatment
    Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) management with a concise algorithm which can be used at the point-of-care
  • Acute Burns - Introduction and Assessment
    This topic provides an evidence-based review and framework for assessment of acute burns, including epidemiology, risk factors, etiology, pathophysiology, first aid, primary and secondary assessment, transfer criteria, burns classification, documentation and ICD-10 coding
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer Associated with Ischemia - Management
    ABSTRACTVenous Leg Ulcers (VLU) are relatively common, affecting 1% of the population in the U.S.[1] VLU can be defined as an open skin lesion of the leg or foot t
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer Associated with Infection - Management
    Topical agents, systemic antibiotics surgical interventions for diabetic foot ulcers soft tissue infection
  • Acute Burns - Treatment
    Evidence-based, always current review on management of acute burns.
  • Patient Education - Diabetic Foot Ulcer
    Diabetic Foot Ulcers for patients and caregivers. The topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Case: Managing High-output Enteroatmospheric Fistulas - A Case Study and Review
    Fistulas with high amount of drainage (i.e., with high-output), or fistulas that appear in an open abdomen with no overlying soft tissue (i.e., enteroatmospheric fistulas, or EAFs) can pose a real challenge to wound and ostomy specialists. This topic illustrates a case in which a fistula isolation device was used in conjunction with negative pressure wound therapy to manage a high-output EAF. The topic also provides a summarized review on treatment of enterocutaneous and enteroatmospheric fistulas.
  • Educación al Paciente - Úlcera de Pie Diabético
    Diabetic Foot Ulcer for patients and caregivers in SPANISH. This illustration-rich topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • How to Perform Conservative Sharp Wound Debridement
    This topic provides practical guidance on how to perform conservative sharp wound debridement, assess effectiveness, troubleshoot, code and document each procedure. See step-by-step protocols with pictures, video, checklists and documentation template.
  • Case: New Technique to Seal Negative Pressure Wound Therapy on Exposed Dermis
    Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has the potential to expedite healing and may be applied in many clinical situations, but achieving and maintaining a reliable, occlusive seal is requisite to realize benefit and mitigate cost, regardless of NPWT type. This topic illustrates a new method to achieve effective seal of an open abdomen NPWT dressing on a highly exudative deepithelialized periwound lacking any dry tissue to apply adhesive drape.
  • Surgical Ostomy for Fecal Diversion
    Stomas or ostomies are surgically created openings connecting a hollow organ to the skin. This topic provides an overview on the several types of stomas, with a focus on colostomies and ileostomies. It includes descriptions of most common surgical techniques, indications, contraindications, pre and postoperative care, and stomal complications (e.g. ischemia, necrosis, retraction, stenosis, prolapse, varices, hernia).
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