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UPCOMING WEBINAR | Tuesday, August 30th at 1PM EDT

Listening to the Wound: Is it Time to Adjust the Care Plan?

Alton R. Johnson, Jr., DPM, FACPM, CWSP

The goals of this presentation are to: review the phases of wound healing and how to differentiate them based on wound appearance; review how to determine if wound healing has become stalled and steps to take from there; and emphasize the importance of evaluating and adjusting the care plan as needed throughout the care of the patient.

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DOWNLOADABLE WHITE PAPER

The Continuum of Wound Care: What Does It Mean?

The wound care continuum is a multifaceted and dynamic framework that helps to ensure best patient outcomes throughout the process of wound healing. As the patient’s wound status changes and progresses, so does the plan of care within the continuum. This white paper takes an in-depth look at wound care from start to finish, including initial intake, assessment, creation, and modification of a plan of care, involving a multidisciplinary team, discharge, and provider follow-up. It discusses the importance of reviewing and modifying the care plan based on patient progress, including using advanced treatment modalities in addition to standard of care as needed.

DOWNLOADABLE FACT SHEET

Quick Facts – Continuum of Care

Evidence shows that the multidisciplinary team approach to the wound care continuum improves outcomes by incorporating all aspects of wound management into a comprehensive treatment plan. As a wound’s healing progresses, clinicians should identify factors that may require the care team to reassess and modify the care plan accordingly. The continuum of wound care encompasses all phases of wound healing and includes assessment of the patient and the wound, interdisciplinary care planning, and changes in the care plan throughout the healing trajectory. Advanced wound care therapies are implemented as needed. This useful fact sheet provides wound care professionals with the essential elements of the wound care continuum.

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Continuum of Wound Care: Important Terms to Know

Angiogenesis: The process of new blood vessel formation. This process is required for wound healing and allows for the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues.

Cellular and tissue-based therapies: Advanced therapies that may use cells to induce immunomodulation in the wound bed and facilitate healing by resolving inflammation. Such modalities may include stem cells, scaffolds, skin substitutes, and epidermal substitutes, among others.

Edematous: A term to describe wounds that are affected with edema or are abnormally swollen.

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