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Words on Wounds

A forum to discuss the latest news and ideas in skin and wound care.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wound Care is an Essential Service: Position Statement from the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders has released a position statement on wound care during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: Wound Care is an Essential, Not Elective, Service that Prevents Hospital Admissions and ED Visits Among a Fragile Cohort of Patients at High-Risk of COVID-19

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has hospitals and acute care facilities preparing for an influx of infected patients by shutting down services, procedures, and surgeries that are deemed "nonessential." Concerningly, hospital outpatient-based wound care departments have been placed in the nonessential group by many hospitals. The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and its membership of clinicians who treat chronic wound patients are alarmed that this decision will result in unintended negative consequences that will cause a gradual influx of patients to the emergency department. Considering the realities and challenges COVID-19 poses for hospitals and wound care patients, the Alliance has developed a position statement and other resources to help health systems and providers avoid unintended consequences for patients with wounds amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full statement here.