Decades prior to the first negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device being cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1997, Pal Svedman, PhD, MD, reported the use of simultaneous irrigation in conjunction with NPWT to treat infected wounds. The process of irrigating a wound consists of delivering a topical solution to the wound bed to cleanse and eliminate infectious materials. The use of simultaneous irrigation allows continuous wound irrigation without sacrificing negative pressure therapy.
Wound care products and applications continue to evolve. This can be challenging for both the seasoned clinician as well as those new to the field of wound management. Keeping current with trends and scientific literature can also be a difficult task due to increased demands for productivity while having less access to resources and time. This article will provide an overview of some new and emerging products available for wound management. A comprehensive review is beyond the scope of this article; however, unique products and features will be discussed to provide insight into emerging options available to manage complex wounds. For the purposes of this review, we will focus on some of the new and emerging dressing and topical technologies such as mircocurrent, exudate transfer, bacterial binding, protease modulation, amniotic membranes, cellular and tissue-based products (CTPs), and emerging interventions under development.
As a healthcare business entity, the outpatient wound clinic operates for a patient population living with complex chronic conditions unlike any other throughout the care continuum. Associated morbidity, decreased quality of life, and, in some cases, mortality are among the many reasons significant interest has been focused on the prevention and treatment of chronic wounds. Care planning requires a multifaceted approach by specialists managing the care and integrating proven clinical practice guidelines. As a wound care provider, the very root of proving one is working within the guidelines of the clinic is found within the data captured using the specialty electronic medical record (EMR). A specialty wound care EMR will capture a granularity of information in a certain workflow that other EMRs simply cannot. This becomes high-value information that proves worth and compliance within the wound clinic.
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