The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) is probably not an organization that any regular readers here would join, but the group’s Web site does have some good medical resources for people suffering from the type of wound you might suffer from severe diabetes or nursing home negligence. Here is a description from the site:
The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) is a hybrid non-profit organization unlike any other organization available in wound care. The APWCA designates members that meet specific requirements as Fellow, Diplomate or Associate, similar to a “college” type of organization while it serves as a full service medical “Association”. It is in that sense unique in wound care. Membership incorporates all of the various medical specialties involved in treating complex wounds. Wound care education is provided in an atmosphere that brings these fields together and therefore facilitates an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach. Wound care education is provided through multiple sources, including Wound Care Seminars, Wound Care Conferences that are held regionally and the Annual APWCA Wound Care National Conference that each spring is a major learning event. Other educational l resources include: newsletters, eMail Newsletters, Medline Indexed monthly journal, webinars and more. The mission of the Association is to help decrease the rate of complications from all wounds, including acute, chronic, post surgical, post radiation, reconstructive and other problematic wounds. Our goal is to accelerate wound healing and preserve and/or enhance the quality of life for these patients. This broad definition reflecting interest in all forms of wounds is one factor that distinguishes APWCA from other organizations and associations in wound care.