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Wound Care Awareness Week 2019

Chronic wound care is not something to celebrate, but we would like to promote Wound Care Awareness this week to spread the important message of education in the prevention of chronic wounds. The statistics are startling.

  • 6.7 Million Americans are living with chronic wounds

  • 1 in 4 Families has a family member with a chronic wound

  • 25% of People living with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer

  • 50% of People will develop an ulcer in the opposite limb within 5 years of amputation

  • 82% of Non-traumatic amputations are the result of vascular disease

  • 50% of People will die within 5 years of an amputation

  • Chronic wounds have a $50 billion impact on the healthcare system annually

We aim to bring awareness to the importance of wound care by regularly promoting educational content from great online resources and providing a solution for better wound measurement and documentation. This week check out the resources available online at www.woundcareawareness.com and find an opportunity to bring awareness to wound care within your community. We are always available as resource to assist in the demands of providing the best possible wound care, so feel free to reach out to us. Take a note from WCAW and spread the message: “Be aware. Intervene early. Seek specialized wound care.”

New Advisory Board Members Announced

23 March 2015

 

Wound Zoom is proud to announce two new members to its Advisory Board: Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT and Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, CWOCN, FAAN. These new members are accomplished experts in the field of wound care who will be able to offer Wound Zoom invaluable advice. Wound Zoom was founded with the mission to provide better tools to wound care clinicians and these board members have helped make that mission a reality.

 

Dr. Sprigle is credited with the invention of Wound Zoom. After surveying existing wound measurement methods and devices, the need for a clinically affordable, repeatable, and easy method became clear. He and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology conceived the device that would later become Wound Zoom. Dr. Sprigle is a biomedical engineer and physical therapist with a variety of interests including pressure ulcer prevention and early detection. You can find more information about his education, research, and publications here: http://www.ap.gatech.edu/Sprigle/

 

Dr. Bates-Jensen is a nurse, researcher, author, lecturer, teacher, and mentor in wound care. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to her academic and clinical contributions to wound care she is the founder and president of the Wound Reach Foundation. In 2010, while volunteering in Haiti after the earthquake, she saw first-hand the need to raise public awareness about the needs of wound patients, clinicians and to improve the quality of wound care around the world. Wound Zoom is a proud sponsor of the Wound Reach Foundation’s annual OUCH! Race events which raise money and awareness for wound care. You can find out more about Wound Reach here: http://woundreach.org/ and more about Dr. Bates-Jensen’s education, research, clinical expertise, honors, awards, and publications here: http://nursing.ucla.edu/batesjensen

 

We are excited to have these inspiring individuals on our Advisory Board and look forward to the insight that they have to offer on improving wound care.

Letter from the President

What are the best practices in wound care documentation? Digital photography and measuring wounds are both accepted practices, recognized and supported by most wound care associations. Both present challenges in everyday practices.

 

Taking photos with today’s digital technology is easy. Identifying and storing these photos is not. Digital camera files do not reference the patient, making it necessary to apply a tag to the patient in the photo. This requires opening, renaming and then transferring the images to a file system. In day to day practice this can prove to be very time consuming. Associating the wrong image in the record has also been an issue. Digital cameras systems that associate the image with the patient and allow the images to be transferred directly to a database eliminate these problems.

 

Measuring wounds with rulers and gauges has shown to be neither accurate nor repeatable. Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles states that, “The rate that wound size changes is our best predictor of healing. Yet assessing wound size is not easy, it is difficult to get accurate, reliable wound measurements.” Also, manual measurements do not provide a record of the wound border definition. This makes accurately tracking change difficult. The use of digital camera based measurement systems offer the clinician a solution to these issues.

 

We live in a time when technology enhances our lives so much. Think about how prevalent it has become, from Facebook to 3D printers, GPS to text messaging; try to imagine a day where you don’t interact with a computer. If we can use technology as simple as digital camera based measurement systems to decrease cost and improve quality of care- why wouldn’t we?

 

Tom Whelan President, Wound Zoom, Inc March 2015