The COVID-19 pandemic provides direct evidence of why wound care is an essential service. Along with many other service lines, wound care has seen a decline in visits despite being designated as an essential service and the adoption of telemedical options. There have been several recently published articles that report significant increases in major limb amputations during the pandemic compared with matched time frames from pre-COVID-19 data. In this article, Dr. Ennis briefly describes the findings and compares them to his own University’s data, with the goal of ensuring patients are scheduled and evaluated during these complicated times.
Grow your wound care knowledge with resources for providers.
Ongoing education and research is critically important to advancing the field of wound care. To help our provider partners stay informed about the latest wound care best practices and developments, we provide a collection of wound care provider resources, including blog posts, articles, studies, guidelines, webinars and white papers.
As part of our ongoing research aimed at minimizing unwarranted clinical variability and improving healing rates, we have already reported on visit frequency and the impact of wounds that fail to heal on a normal trajectory. In this report, we describe the impact on healing when patients either cancel visits, or completely quit their treatment plan.
Recently, we introduced four levers that could improve our patient outcomes. These levers included frequent patient visits, the prevention of stalled wounds, improving patient engagement and utilizing advanced modalities. The focus of this paper will be on the evidence and research supporting the key lever of preventing stalled wounds in driving better patient outcomes.
Healogics developed a process to identify and evaluate critical topics to determine the levers which would result in reducing unwarranted clinical variability across our organization and improve Comprehensive Healing Rates (CHR) amongst our patients.
How COVID-19 is Changing Wound Care: New Triage Models, Metabolic Inflammation in Diabetes, and the Need for International Consensus
Speaking from four separate rooms in four different corners of the world, William Ennis, Desmond Bell, Michael Edmonds, and William Li expounded over zoom on the myriad ways in which COVID-19 had impacted multidisciplinary wound care, both in terms of the disruption the pandemic had caused to their daily practices, and how the echoes of this disruption would ripple into the future. They also touched on the interrelationship between diabetes and COVID-19, questioning what the downstream effects will be in the vulnerable diabetic population.
We continue to monitor the current information about COVID and there appears to be two new developments that should be of interest to our Healogics community. The first is the concept of “thrombo-inflammation” and how it might develop in COVID patients leading to clots, strokes and heart attacks. It is also possible that this thrombo-inflammation might be the cause of the recently described finding known as “COVID toes.”
The AAWC sponsored a one-hour webinar on the use of HBO therapy for patients with progressive hypoxia unresponsive to oxygen therapy. The webinar was hosted by Dr. Tom Serena, past president of AAWC and Dr. Kerry Thibodeaux from Opelousas Medical Center in Louisiana.
Healogics is proud to announce the launch of the Healogics Telehealth Program. The program is available immediately, providing patients access to continued wound care during Center disruptions related to COVID-19.
Healogics Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Ennis, assesses the impact of coronavirus on wound care patients and practice.
The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has hospitals and acute care facilities changing standard operating procedures to prepare for the expected influx of infected patients. As a result, services, procedures, and surgeries that are deemed “non-essential” are being shut down immediately, without thorough consideration of the ramifications. The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is concerned that this decision will result in unintended negative consequences that will cause a gradual influx of patients to the emergency department.