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Population Considerations in Wound Care

Charleen Singh, PhD, MBA, FNP-BC, CWOCN, RN

This presentation will explore how to provide wound care in diverse patient populations. As global migration, whether voluntary or forced, increases, wound care practitioners must develop clinical skills that take into account the needs of diverse populations. This presentation will look at the barriers to receiving wound care and how technology can help us overcome them. The importance of documentation in all patients will also be discussed, with a focus on identifying and monitoring hospital-acquired pressure injuries and providing the right interventions at the right time.

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Wounded Populations: Who is Most At-Risk in Wound Care

Certain populations, such as older adults, pediatric patients, immunocompromised patients, and patients with low socioeconomic status, are at higher risk of wound complications and poor healing because of various factors specific to these populations. Clinicians must be aware of the unique needs of these patient groups to promote better wound care outcomes. This white paper discusses issues related to wound care in these special populations, such as skin fragility at the extremes of age and limited access to health care in patients with financial constraints. This guide also offers practical strategies for meeting these clinical challenges, as well as a full description of documentation technology application in these high-risk patients.


Quick Facts – Managing Diverse Patient Populations

Thanks to the adoption of mobile-based digital technology, health care professionals have access to evidence-based practice at their fingertips. Wound care management software guides clinical workflows, reduces documentation errors, and helps the clinician perform a wound assessment in confidence.

Other uses of advanced technology in wound care include digital photography, which has increased the accuracy of wound measurements and provides evidence of wound healing progress. Advanced technology modalities can provide clinicians and patients with useful tools to optimize clinical outcomes.


Patient Engagement: Encouraging Healing by Involving Patients in Wound Care

Patient engagement in wound care improves patient experience and satisfaction and results in increased clinical and economic benefits. As such, it is a…

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Ensuring Equity of Wound Care Through Technology

By equipping nurses with the tools necessary to document wounds quickly and accurately, care can be prioritized more effectively. This continuity is especially important during times of the pandemic…

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Managing Patient Populations and Health Equity

Complex wounds require increased attention, time, and resources to treat. Certain populations, including pediatric patients, immunocompromised patients, and older adults, are at higher risk of…

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Patient Populations: Barriers to Care

The most effective wound care is patient-centered and individualized. Consideration must be made for unique population characteristics during an inpatient stay to decrease the risk of hospital readmission or further wound complications. Variations in…

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Managing Diverse Patient Populations: Important Terms to Know

Advanced wound care technology: Technological advances that simplify and facilitate the process of wound care. This technology is used to improve diagnostics, communication, monitoring, complication prevention, and the rate of healing.

Automated measurement: Technology used to capture wound measurements instantly and accurately.

Clinical workflow: A systematic and repeatable pattern to guide clinicians through a delivery of care while streamlining standard of care.

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