Procurement’s role in reducing the total cost of wound care
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As healthcare managers struggle with rising treatment costs and inconsistent patient outcomes
Dissecting the costs of wound care
A UK retrospective cohort analysis estimated that GBP £8.3 billion is spent on wound care annually (2017/18). This increased by 48%, relative to the period 2012/13
Where do these costs come from? The UK cohort analysis referenced above found that for UK’s National Health Service, only about 6% of the total cost burden of wound care was spent on product. The remaining expense went toward managing treatment including infections, maceration, delayed healing, and the additional nursing and hospital resources needed to address these complications
Many providers may benefit from building wound care programmes centered around evaluating and addressing the total cost of wound care. In terms of specific goals, procurement managers who participated in a Mölnlycke-sponsored survey identified four key value drivers as their most important priorities:
- patient experience and healing
- clinical outcomes
- operational efficiencies
- staff safety and satisfaction
Let’s walk through the fundamentals of a strong value-driven wound care programme.
Our programme is not something we just introduce and hand over for you to implement. It’s a customer-focused process that brings together patient-centric solutions, services and tools that simplify and standardise outcomes delivery and make value easier to calculate. We walk through the journey with you every step of the way. We lead the needs assessment process to clarify the best opportunities for improvement and value creation based on your current state.
Working together, we develop an improvement plan — including ways to collect data — that aligns to your desired outcomes and financial goals. Our clinical experts support your clinical teams directly with education, training and tools that are delivered in both hands-on and digital formats.
We also closely monitor programme success to not only ensure goals are being met, but to also identify where adjustments can be made to maximise results.