Comprehensive Approach to Chronic Wound Care

The advantage of an advanced and customized wound care EMR is that it contributes to a more comprehensive approach in treating chronic wounds.

Treating the Patient as a Whole

It is important that while treating the wound the patient is seen as a whole and the treatment approach incorporates the overall health, social environment, financial background, and cultural factors of the individual.

The inherent and external factors leading to the wound or ulcer must be addressed for creating an environment conducive to healing. That’s where the TIME (Tissue, Infection, Moisture and wound Edge) standard is also relevant for wound bed preparation. The idea is to provide wholesome care, which will ultimately result in the wound getting healed better and more comprehensively.

Increasing Pressure on Clinicians Compromises Care

However, this approach has often been compromised in the past decade when wound clinicians are faced with the pressure to see more and more patients in a shorter time period.  The pressure comes from all sides. Patients want their wound to be healed fast, hospital administrators prefer to see wound physicians administer procedures having the best reimbursement, while insurers wish for good outcomes at low costs. This pressure could impede wound healing. It is important that all factors contributing to the wound are addressed. This is why the whole process of attending to and treating patients with chronic wounds must be streamlined by the stakeholders of the wound care facility.

Training and Education Essential for Wound Care Staff

Providing education and training in appropriate wound therapies to all the wound care clinicians of the facility is imperative to ensuring comprehensive wound care. Unfortunately, many wound care facilities have clinicians who are also self-styled wound care experts. They have taken over the wound care responsibilities by trial and error or by default rather than their qualifications getting them there. They exert significant influence within the wound care group so as to make decisions and influence outcomes. They are also unwilling to accept flaws in their approach or embrace new scientifically proven techniques. This could have a deeply negative effect on the healing of the chronic wound.

That’s where training and a strict enforcement of procedural norms is essential in the facility. It is important to do the needful by informing the upper management or moving legal counsel when the clinician practices substandard wound care or exceeds the Practice Act of the state.

How Wound Care EMR Helps

Something else the wound care team must be trained in is in using the earlier mentioned wound EMR. It goes without saying that treating chronic wounds requires adequate documentation from the nurse and the physician side. That’s why advanced EMR features separate nurse and physician modules so that these sections of the care team can update information about the wound condition from their own perspectives.

Physicians can also compare notes with nurses and decide on the further treatment options. Some advanced EMR solutions also feature 3D wound models making it really easy to replicate wound sites and plan treatment. Real time reports would not only include wound care management but also patient demographics and billing.

A customized and advanced wound care EMR certainly needs to be part of comprehensive wound care. It helps see the patient as a whole rather than focusing on just the wound.