Right care, right place, right time: Making Wound Care Work recommendations
Following the publication of Making Wound Care Work (2022), Mölnlycke have consulted with wound care nurses and patients about the questions raised in the report, and what recommendations for action could look like. The overwhelming theme that came from both sessions, is that there needs to be a renewed focus on the right care, at the right place, at the right time.
Chronic wounds are not treated as a condition in themselves; rather, they are often seen as a symptom or complication of other conditions, such as diabetes. This means that they are not a consultant led service, like most other areas of medical specialty, and often those involved in delivering wound care, in either community or other specialisms, have not received sufficient training in wound care.
There is a clear need for a focus on prevention and treatment for chronic wounds, and in addition, more work needs to be done to involve patients in their care. This would allow both patients and the clinical team to work together to determine the right treatment and, where appropriate, the right level of supported self-care, as part of a shared decision making approach.
These six recommendations reflect the views of healthcare professionals involved in wound care, and patients and carers living with a wound. They call for changes to wound care provision aimed at improving outcomes and promoting the right care, at the right place, at the right time.