Jan-Marie Morgan is the Practice Development Nurse of Surgery and a wound care specialist at Rashid Hospital in Dubai, UAE.
Morgan was one of the chairmen of the very successful Wound Care conference that took place yesterday.
The Wound Care conference at Arab Health was a new initiative for this year, aiming to highlight the importance of proper wound care and how care can be improved through protocols, policies and guidelines.
How can wound healing outcomes improve through protocols, policies and guidelines?
Normally, wound healing progresses through a series of phases that are very predictable. Normal wounds heal in about 21 days and may or may not result in a scar.
When a wound does not, for many reasons, follow these phases of wound healing, or the phases get disrupted for whatever reason, the wound can become chronic and very difficult to heal. This may happen due to diabetes, infection, repetitive trauma, improper wound dressings and other co-morbidities that the person may have.
When a wound does not heal properly, the affect can be very drastic. Wounds can be very painful; they can change a person's quality of life immensely and increase hospital stay and cost to the healthcare system.
When best practice guidelines for wound care healing is implemented, wounds heal faster, patients have improved outcomes, less pain and less hospital time.
What were the hot topics discussed at the Wound Care Conference yesterday?
One of the discussions was about the need for wound care teams that can implement the best practices for wound healing as well as treatment and prevention in order to decrease costs and improve patient outcomes.
The burden on the healthcare system related to pressure ulcers and Diabetic foot ulcers is huge, so there were also talks about wound care economics and the cost-effectiveness to organisations.
Nutrition is of great importance to wound healing, and through practice protocols, and guidelines wound care professionals in the Middle East can be educated to make sure they work to best practice, and cost effectiveness of their hospital.
What are you hoping that the delegates of the Wound Care conference took away with them to help in their everyday profession?
The conference was aimed at administrative health professionals, as we were not talking about specific dressings or 'how to' with the different wounds. We were trying to raise awareness in order to help administrators understand that building a dynamic interdisciplinary wound care team will improve the services that their organization provides.
We hope that after this conference, the delegates walked away with the tools and inspiration to establish a wound care team, facilitate the education that is needed, and implement best practice in wound care.
Taken from Arab Health Daily Dose, Day 2, Page 3