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Heale, Margaret RN, MSc, CWOCN

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: May-June 2009 - Volume 36 - Issue 3S - p S42–S43
doi: 10.1097/01.WON.0000352012.76920.99
Scientific and Clinical Abstracts From the 41st Annual Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri June 6–10, 2009: Practice Innovation Abstract
Free, Springfield Hospital, Springfield, VT

This poster introduces a menu style approach to formulating a wound care regimen (essentially an order sheet) based on some of the basic components necessary to assist the healing process. It is aimed at the nonspecialist and/or as an educational tool within any health-care setting. It gives a format to assist with prescribing dressings but takes this a step further by guiding the nonspecialist toward a full wound care regimen. Caring for a patient with a wound is much more than just putting what is ordered as a dressing on the wound and this order sheet has been organized into a complete tool based on the key components of a wound care regimen. It is more appropriate for dressings to be prescribed by how they function rather than ingredients and this is reflected with this approach. The form is easy to understand and it can be used with a fairly restricted customized formulary. The goals for this approach are to:

  • Assist practitioners particularly doctors with developing wound care regimens
  • Use generic terms to fit a variety of formularies.
  • Streamline product use.
  • Encourage the use of the principles of modern wound care.
  • Discourage the use of inappropriate (and costly) dressing practices.
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