This May, I will have been a nurse for 25 years, and 20 of those years have been spent in wound care. Much has changed in those 20 years, Baby Boomers are aging, chronic disease rates are rising, and patients suffering from chronic wounds are costing our healthcare system an estimated $50 billion annually. And yet, despite the clinical complexity of wound care treatment and the number of patients in need (who may not even know it!), the average provider-in-training receives under 10 hours of formal education related to wound care.
Posted: 4/19/2017 3:28:30 PM by
Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt from an interview between the Healogics Blog and Dr. Scott Covington, the company’s Chief Medical Officer, on the topic of foot health awareness.Healogics Blog: April is Foot Health Awareness Month. Can you tell us why foot health is important for everyone?
Posted: 4/11/2017 4:48:11 PM by
Throughout my career in health care, I have visited over two hundred Wound Care Centers® (WCC) in all corners of the U.S. During that time, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow while witnessing patients' incredible stories of healing. There is little in my career that has afforded me such pride in my work. Today, I’d like to share with you some perspectives on my patient care journey past and present, and my thoughts on the future of wound care.
Posted: 4/4/2017 3:36:14 PM by
I recently shared a story about a memorable patient with a complicated Wagner III Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU), and why I find the DFU to be my most problematic yet rewarding wound problem to treat. Today, I want to talk about how we, as a medical community, can standardize our approach to these patients.
Posted: 3/28/2017 9:15:29 AM by
Author Stephen Few once said “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” Stephen’s statement holds true in many fields of study, but in the field of wound care, data with a voice can often be the key to patient healing.
Posted: 3/21/2017 1:33:35 PM by
Throughout our lives, each of us is gifted the opportunity to lead in some way. Whether it’s being a leader in your career, your home, your community, or your convictions, there are no small leadership roles. My name is Thurston Lee. I am from Birmingham, Alabama, and I am currently participating in the Healogics Leaders-in-Training program.
Having the chance to receive hands-on leadership training is a tremendous opportunity for me to grow as a person and wound care professional.
Posted: 3/14/2017 3:04:52 PM by
I love treating all types of wounds, but I especially enjoy treating the complex cases that are not easy to heal. In my experience of treating patients in all sites of service, the DFU patient is one of the hardest to heal and keep healed. Peripheral neuropathy, combined with mechanical changes in the foot, raises the risk of trauma that results in high recidivism rates in this group. Once the injury occurs, microvascular dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease, poor glycemic control, impaired immunity, and malnutrition are just a few of the factors that make treating DFUs so challenging.That is also what makes healing these patients so rewarding!
Posted: 3/8/2017 2:08:35 PM by
With each passing year, the health care industry becomes increasingly dynamic and intricate. While thousands of tiny pieces move in polarizing directions, it is imperative that all team members from the bottom to the top operate within the same standards and goals.
In order to keep all teams operating within the appropriate guidelines, there are a number of governing rules, policies and procedures in every health care setting. Some are hospital mandated, some are mandated on the local level and many are mandated by the federal government.
Posted: 2/28/2017 9:53:24 AM by
The relationship between hospital partners and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) can be a bit of a balancing act. Both are seeking to maintain a mutually-beneficial relationship with the other, while also trying to provide their patients with the best levels of care – both wound care and otherwise. Outside of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or bundled payment, the incentive to support one another is less financially obvious. However, with an aging population, growth in value-based care payment models and a rising incidence of chronic wounds, maintaining the hospital to SNF relationship becomes more important each year.
Posted: 2/21/2017 1:34:16 PM by
Charles Hoehn, a retired US Marine, was introduced to the Healogics Wound Care Center® in Indiana due to a blister on his right foot caused by an improperly fitting insole. The blister had a hard time healing because of his type 2 diabetes, and eventually became a chronic wound. An infection in his bone was also discovered. Charles tried other treatments with no results and his doctor feared he might lose his leg. Hoping to save his leg, Charles’ doctor sent him to a Healogics Wound Care Center. The team at the Center developed a treatment plan for Charles that included hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Posted: 2/6/2017 1:27:19 PM by