A former Genesis HealthCare executive has launched a national collaborative meant to educate long-term care professionals on all aspects of wound care and skin health.

The Post Acute Wound & Skin Integrity Council, or PAWSIC, will primarily be an educational organization, but President Jeanine Maguire, PhD, MPT, CWS, told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News she hopes to work with federal officials to develop better national guidance around wound care.

“There’s a major gap in wound management, particularly for post-acute care,” said Maguire,  a former vice president of wound care at Genesis. “The gap that exists is an interprofessional team, teamwork between all different professions, for all different wound types through the lens of the regulations that are very nuanced in post-acute care. There are not necessarily national guidelines to guide this sector. If you’re an operator, you’re maybe not sure if what you’re doing is appropriate for all wound types in regards to care delivery.”

PAWSIC’s work will center on comprehensive approaches to address chronic wounds and skin issues, including pressure injuries and diabetic foot ulcers. In-person events and resources at pawsic.org will serve the gamut of post-acute providers.