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Monday, December 17, 2012
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Wound Care: Prevention Benefits Patient and Hospital

The most important beneficiaries of chronic wound prevention are the patients who are spared the pain and suffering.

Hospitals also benefit. Hospitals are now at financial risk for hospital acquired infections (HAIs) including:

  • Pressure ulcers - Stages III and IV
  • Surgical site infections (SSIs)

[Reference: Wound Care, Module D, Prevention Strategies]
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Wound Care: Successful Care Requires Knowledge

Prevention and evidence-based treatments are the most cost-effective ways of reducing the use of medical resources, improving and prolonging productive lifestyles.

Knowledgeable HCMs are uniquely positioned to follow the spectrum of patient care and advocate for best practice interventions.

Successful wound care requires taking into account underlying and co-morbid conditions. It also requires possessing knowledge specific to wounds including:

  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Dressings
  • Drugs
  • Technologies

[Reference: Wound Care, Module D, Prevention Strategies]
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  Improving Patient Care...  

NPWT Promotes Healing

Usage of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) in the treatment of both acute and chronic wounds has grown exponentially during the past decade. NPWT is also referred to as vacuum assisted closure.

NPWT promotes healing in open wounds by removing fluids and waste materials (debris) through the creation of a vacuum (negative pressure) at a well-sealed wound site.

NPWT may also help wound healing by drawing wound edges together, increasing angiogenesis and decreasing edema. NPWT is becoming a necessary complementary therapy to hasten wound healing.

[Reference: Wound Care, Module C, Treatment]
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