The Importance of Wound Care Management for Aged and Community Care Services.
Wound care is an economic problem costing billions of dollars to societies worldwide and their healthcare systems with cost estimates of approximately 3% of national health care budgets. It is very labour intensive, as up to two thirds of community nursing time can be spent on the provision of wound care. (Ref 4.) Wound care is also a humanistic problem with chronic wounds often the cause of severe pain, significant emotional and physical distress, reduced mobility and isolation for suffering patients.1
In Australia alone, there are over 400,000 sufferers of chronic wounds at any time, with numbers increasing as our population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases 2 such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease grows, all increasing the incidence of chronic wounds. Older people are the highest risk group given that wound repair slows down as the body ages.1
New guidelines for care and practice are changing the way services are delivered providing more consistent and client centric care with improved patient outcomes.
Six steps towards the delivery of best practice wound care
|A structured, organised and planned approach to wound management improves patient outcomes and is considered more cost effective.4|
|Staff Training is vital- staff need to understand wounds, how to treat them and when to refer them on.3|
|Implement wound management principles-Assess/Set objectives/Treat/Evaluate-A comprehensive assessment of patient and wound; treatment of wound specific factors- set wound management objectives; treat underlying wound aetiology and specific wound factors; educate and support patient and carer in prevention strategies.4|
|Document of all aspects of care, facilitating communication and continuity of care by the clinical team.|
|Having accurate and accessible data is critical to decision making, supporting evidence based practice in wound care.|
|Reporting and evaluation enables assessment of outcomes and planning of prevention strategies.|
Aged and community care providers can enhance their client care and support, while achieving greater regulatory compliance and strengthening their sustainability, through implementing new technological solutions and embracing partnerships with allied health organisations.
Improve your wound care management and outcomes by implementing new technological solutions.
Procura’s Wound Care Management solution by Pixalere features “artificial intelligence” algorithims that determine best practise product, patient management and treatment plans at the bedside.
Procura’s Wound Care Management, powered by Pixalere provides:
- Proactive decisions through accurate, instant data
- Wound Documentation
- Proprietary Care Plans
- Intuitive E-Charting
- Closer patient monitoring, saving time and improving communications
- Customisable reports providing accurate insights
- Administrative controls and reporting analytics
Procura’s Wound Care Management by Pixalere enables clinicians and administrators to significantly improve patient outcomes and operational efficiencies. It is easy to use and can integrate seamlessly with your organisation. Proactive decisions can be made through precise, instant data. Customisable reports provide accurate insight into costs, outcomes, product performance, wound trends and more. Pixalere’s powerful wound care management tools ensure all patients are treated with the same education and support, and automated alerts can be set up to notify nurses when certain treatment parameters are not met, enabling early detection of patient deterioration and ultimately faster healing with improved outcomes.
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1 The humanistic and economic burden of chronic wounds: a protocol for a systematic review (Krister Järbrink,1 Gao Ni,1 Henrik Sönnergren,2 Artur Schmidtchen,3 Caroline Pang,4 Ram Bajpai,1 and Josip Car)
2 AWMA Australian Wound Management Association Inc. http://www.awma.com.au
3 Aged care provider puts focus on tackling wounds By Natasha Egan on March 2, 2018 in Health & medical, Industry (Australian Ageing Agenda)
4 National best practice and evidence based guidelines for Wound Management-Lenus-The Irish Health Repository. http://www.lenus.ie/hse/bitstream/10147/92646/1/HSE+Wound+Management.pdf
5 IBIS Report Q8601, April, 2017 p 9