LEVIN FAMILY HEALTH - Open 1st August 2023

Wound Care Management

Wound care management in general practice settings plays a crucial role in promoting healing and preventing complications.

  1. Assessment and Diagnosis: General Practitioners (GPs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and their clinical team, assess wounds to determine the type, size, depth, and underlying factors affecting healing. This enables accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning.

  2. Cleaning and Debridement: The clinical team will clean wounds to remove debris, bacteria, and dead tissue. Debridement, if necessary, helps remove necrotic or non-viable tissue, promoting wound healing.

  3. Dressing Selection: The clinical team will select appropriate dressings based on wound characteristics, such as size, location, exudate level, and presence of infection. Dressings protect the wound, manage moisture, facilitate healing, and minimize pain.

  4. Infection Management: The clinical team play a vital role in diagnosing and managing wound infections. They prescribe appropriate antibiotics or refer to specialists for further evaluation and treatment when necessary.

  5. Patient Education: The clinical team educate patients on wound care, including proper cleansing techniques, dressing changes, and signs of infection. Patient education promotes self-management, adherence to treatment plans, and prevention of complications.

  6. Monitoring and Follow-up: The clinical team regularly monitor wound progress, assess healing, and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. Follow-up appointments allow for ongoing evaluation and provide an opportunity to address any concerns or complications.

  7. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: The clinical team may collaborate with wound care specialists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive and optimal wound care management.

Wound care management in general practice settings involves assessment, diagnosis, cleaning, dressing selection, infection management, patient education, monitoring, and collaboration. By providing effective wound care, GPs contribute to improved patient outcomes, reduced complications, and enhanced quality of life for individuals with wounds.

At Levin Family Health, we understand that wound care is an important part of recovery for patients. We will follow best practice guidelines to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved. Our wound care assessment process includes the following steps:

1. Wound Care Assessment
2. Selection of appropriate Wound Dressings
3. Management of Pressure Injuries and Ulcerations
4. Promotion of Wound Healing
5. Cleansing and Debridement of the Wound
6. Development of an appropriate Dressing Regime

Our assessment process includes gathering the patient's medical, surgical, pharmacological, and social history. We will also conduct a physical examination of the patient, focusing on the wound. We will also recommend necessary tests such as blood tests, X-rays, and scans to aid in the recovery process. Following the assessment, we will make a diagnosis, develop a care plan, implement the plan, and continuously monitor the patient's progress, adjusting the management regimen as necessary, referring the patient to a specialist, or seeking advice when needed.