As older adults maintain more active lifestyles to help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, helping to reduce repeat falls may be as important for wound care providers as is teaching general fall prevention.
As the definition of clinical quality care evolves, should wound care providers give thought to how ongoing education prepares them to meet regulatory challenges while maintaining patient satisfaction?
Use of the term “quality” has become increasingly more common in today’s healthcare lexicon — particularly as it relates... | Full Article
Diabetes has quickly become one of the most complex health challenges of the 21st century. In 2010, a total of 10.9 million US residents ages 65 years and older were reported to be living with diabetes.1 Currently, it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the US, totaling 4.6 million deaths in 2011 (with healthcare... | Full Article
Mr. RU Swollen is referred to your clinic from his primary care provider. He walks into the clinic with an antalgic gait then rests in the waiting room. On examination, both lower extremities are edematous, the left greater than the right. He has purulent draining ulcers over the left foot and leg as well as the right leg... | Full Article
A few months ago, several employees at a Florida hospital were disciplined after taking unauthorized cell phone pictures of a shark attack victim and posting them on the web. Most of us would instantly recognize that sort of behavior as a terrible breach of patient confidentiality. However, in the wound care industry, we... | Full Article
Every action in the body, from the cellular level to the level of gross motor function, begins as an electrical impulse. Exogenously applied electrical energy is something any wound care clinician should consider using to augment what is already a function of natural healing. When it comes to chronic wounds, electrical... | Full Article
For many areas of diagnosis coding, ICD-10 guidelines are very clear.However, pressure ulcers have some areas of inconsistency that affect the assignment of the appropriate stage. This article will address some of the many questions wound care clinicians and program mangers have related to the difficulties in selecting the... | Full Article
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In 2007, TWC published an issue on debridement, which included a “test” for clinicians to help them assess their ability to properly code these procedures. Kathleen Schaum, Dot Weir and I worked hard on that issue and found that despite the fact we thought we knew the topic very well, the complexities of the system made... | Full Article
FDA September Meetings Put Wound Care Front and Center; Alliance Mobilizes Expert Voices to Address Wound Dressing Classification & CTP Regulation
The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders played a key role in educating the FDA and its advisory panel on the role and real-world value of antimicrobial wound care dressings, as the FDA considered a regulatory classification of these products that could impact access and availability to wound care providers and patients.
Comments (oral testimony) were submitted to FDA by the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders at the Agency’s public hearing (Sept. 12-13) to obtain input on its four draft guidance documents relating to the regulation of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).
There will be two upcoming FDA public meetings this month impacting wound care. The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders will be representing a united voice of wound care clinicians and will be submitting written comments and providing oral testimony at both of these meetings.
1. Sept 12-13 Meeting: Two-day public hearing for FDA to obtain input on four draft guidance documents relating to the regulation of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps)