This post is the first in a quarterly series highlighting top blogs as selected by the WoundSource.com managing editor.
It is a great pleasure of mine to regularly read from our dynamic team of bloggers on WoundSource.com—being that it is my job description, after all. Our multidisciplinary team incorporates a mixture of knowledgeable minds in the wound care field including experts in podiatric medicine, nutrition, ostomy care, legal issues, medical device development and distribution, and hospice care, just to name a few.
As professionals in wound care, we are always willing to listen in on educational information concerning treatment advancements, research, and the specifics of wounds for our own benefit, and the benefit of our company’s growth. There are a number of standout topics addressing wound care related information in the WoundSource.com blog for further knowledge. The following displays a few of my favorite posts to date for 2015.
The WoundSource blog is a strong resource not only for helpful information on wound care topics, but on present day health care and what it provides. It is a distinct honor that we have Dr. Michel Hermans, a surgeon by trade with over 25 years of experience in senior management in the woundcare industry, as a contributing author to the WoundSource blog.
Dr. Hermans’ involvement in a large number of clinical trials and global perspective on health care allows readers to follow and understand his accomplishments through his hands on involvement; furthering the readers to have a wide lens view of the health care system.
In this blog, Dr. Hermans discusses the important issue of chronic wound management. While our health care delivery system typically has a tendency to over treat some medical conditions, there is a noted gap in the adequate treatment of chronic wounds. Diabetic foot ulcers, as an example, isn’t generally being treated at the standard it should in part because of the lack of wound care trained providers, as well as other factors such as inadequate staffing and reimbursement.
This post illustrates the complex factors that must be addressed in order to provide patients with the proper amount of care for a successful outcome.
Though the hyperbaric centers across the United States are growing, the evidence supporting the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of chronic wounds is based on research and evidence that is decades old.
Dr. Thomas Serena urges stakeholders in hyperbaric medicine to rally and invest in the development of registries and clinical trials in 2015 to support the evidence for this therapeutic modality and reimbursement thereof.
What I admire most about Dr. Serena’s message in this blog is the how he highlights the importance of working together for a common cause. As wound care professionals, we all have a responsibility to ensure that the best treatments remain available and accessible to the patients who will benefit from them and that the evidence provided support its use.
All wound treatments and devices warrant this community input and research to ensure we are delivering the best, evidence-based treatment to our patients, both from the industry level to the ordering health care provider.
Need to brush up on your wound care knowledge? Look no further than wound educator Laurie Swezey, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS, and her blog series on WoundSource.
Swezey refreshes us on the four stages of wound healing and provides readers with a clear understanding of the differences between the presentation of an acute wound versus a chronic wound. Swezey also digs into the factors that predispose a wound to become chronic, all available for your learning in this concisely written blog.
As industry professionals who work closely with the products used in the treatment of patients and their wounds, it is important for us to all have a base knowledge of wound care principles. Take advantage of the free educational content available right on WoundSource.com.
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Remember, you can rely on Laurie Swezey to provide you with a lesson on wound care essentials each month to keep your knowledge fresh. Also, don’t forget about the WoundSource Conditions index where you can read up on the most commonly encountered wound conditions and grasp the etiology behind the wounds.
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