The Impact of Stalled Wounds on Patient Outcomes

The Impact of Stalled Wounds on Patient Outcomes

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.

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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.

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COVID-19 Updates

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.”

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Why Wound Care is Essential During the COVID-19 Crisis

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.

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Development of a Model to Predict Healing of Chronic Wounds Within 12 Weeks

Development of a Model to Predict Healing of Chronic Wounds Within 12 Weeks

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) in partnership with Healogics have recently produced a predictive model to identify wounds most likely to heal within 12 weeks. Unlike other models that have been previously published, this model utilized EMR data from over 600,000 wounds, allowing for highly predictive classification across a variety of wound types. Findings from this model also indicated that a wound’s characteristics at initial presentation, such as area, depth, and location, are far more powerful than the patient demographics or comorbidities in determining whether a wound will heal.

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Outpatient Wound Care Assessment

Outpatient Wound Care Assessment

Healogics Outpatient Wound Care Assessment is an audit used to determine quality improvement such as heal rates and patient access to care by measuring new patients post-Healogics management of the wound center. It is an opportunity to examine the clinical quality, operational efficiency and financial achievements of centers’ activities, as well as identify areas of potential improvement. The primary aim of this case study was to compare year-over-year center performance pre and post partnership with Healogics.

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