Is Amputation the only Alternative? Consider this:
- Diabetes is the #1 Cause of Amputations
- 50% of all unhealed leg ulcers result in death within 5 years
- Over 60% of amputations do not have preventive measures
Is there a better solution? Avoid Unnecessary Amputations.
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Wound Care vs Wound Management
In our continuously evolving Health Care Culture there are two phrases that are often used interchangeably, Wound Care…..and Wound Management. It would be true to say that they are directly related, but they are not the same. Health Care Professionals most correctly identify themselves as being able to perform Wound Care, but the fact of the matter is that very few of us actually Manage Wounds. In its current state, our Health Care Industry forces Physicians to see upwards of 50 patients in one day to have a successful Practice. With such large caseloads, it is nothing short of a miracle that they are able to Manage Care for all those Patients. So, what does all this have to do with wound management? Everything…in the traditional Home Health wound care model, the wound care would be carried out as ordered by the Physician, and any changes would be made by the Physician at the follow-up visit.
With such a large Patient load and limited time Physicians make do with the minimal information gathered at the time of the visit. The concept of a Wound Management Program is a Specialized Nursing Staff to keep track of Patients and provide wound data as it occurs from the Patient’s home. This specialized team of individuals collaborate with Physicians to help formulate and carry out a Wound Management plan specific to each Patient. The members of the Wound Management Team function as an extension of the Physician, being able to provide the Patient and Physician with options to manage the wound effectively.
It is Vital for the Physician to have a someone who can interpret wound data to make necessary changes when the Patient is in the home environment. For the Physician to be able provide the most complete plan of care, this is paramount. Not every Patient will require major interventions, but it is important to remember that by treating everyone with the same level of care we can minimize complications and poor outcomes. Another staple of a Wound Management Program is the ability to identify and correct a problem before it starts or evolves into a complicated situation. An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Wound Care. When all the team is in place and functioning towards the same goal, the Patient has the best opportunity at healing and improved quality of life.
We accomplish this by not just treating the wound, but treating the Patient. The best way to do this is through a collaborative Wound Management Team who are trained to look at the Patient as a whole, and provide the Physician with the most updated products and techniques available. In the end, we want to make a difference in our community. The incidence of amputations and wound related hospitalizations here in the Rio Grande Valley is less than impressive, but to quote a great doctor,” Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to change…it’s Not.” ( Dr. Suess )