It is important that we understand wound care and adapt to the concepts. Plastic Surgeons must play the main role in managing wound care. There are many role players but Plastic Surgeons must be the leaders in wound care.
In the New World of thinking we are faced with new challenges and shifts in medical care which need planning and a vision. The new concepts of Level 1, 11 and 111 patient care demonstrate this and will have a major impact on future care. Plastic Surgeons are seen as only Level 111 care specialists in the new dispensation but it is through our wound care clinic that we prove that we can help the governments new policy of increasing Level 1 care to bring health to our disadvantage communities.
What contribution do we deliver through a wound care clinic:
Five Essential Steps in Developing a Successful Wound Care Clinic:
Step 1 – Define the conceptual framework
Step 2 – Identify options to reach your goals
Step 3 – Evaluate Options
Step 4 – Implement and Re-evaluate
Step 5 – Have a vision for the future
Keys to Success: These five steps could not happen without the following highlights for a successful hospital-based wound and ostomy clinic, which contributed to the potential of the clinic’s success
When serious complications arise, always infinitive the patient.
Important is training sessions of:
Important equipment needed can be minimised to:
To run a clinic you need:
Patients do not walk into a clinic with a label of Level 1, 11, or 111 on their foreheads. The clinic sisters must know their limits and we can help to educate them to treat Level 1 patients who need wound care but to refer Level 11 and 111 patients to Medical Practitioners (Level 11) or Specialists (Level 111).