A Framework to Assist Providers in the Management of Patients with Chronic, Nonhealing Wounds


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Abstract

GENERAL PURPOSE:To describe the development of an evidence-based wound electronic medical record (WEMR) framework for providers to execute timely, protocol-based, best-practice care for patients with chronic, nonhealing wounds.TARGET AUDIENCE:This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES:After completing this continuing education activity, you should be better able to:Summarize the development of a WEMR framework to enhance best-practice care of chronic wounds for both patients and providers.Distinguish the clinical parameters known to delay wound healing and the evidence-based recommendations that informed the framework.The care of patients with nonhealing wounds involves a host of treatment modalities. The authors developed a wound-specific framework to enhance provider management of these wounds and a summary sheet to involve patients and caregivers in their own healthcare to improve treatment adherence and outcomes. Implementing evidence-based practice for chronic wounds enables corrective actions to optimize care.

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