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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs

Syd’s story

Syd is an Australian woman who thought that having private health insurance would give her more accurate healthcare, by Australian private doctors, with no waiting periods. She was wrong on all counts. Syd is an active woman in her fitties who active and...

Statistics indicating major trends

  • Percentage of patients who are non compliance with traditional compression bandages 78%
  • Percent of Australian aged care residents that have a wound 25%
  • Percent of people with diabetes who are affected by foot ulcers 15%
  • What percent of critical care patients in an American study were found to have pressure ulcers? 22%
  • Approximate percent of chronic ulcers that recur in diabetics 60%

A brief summary

Major problems to avoid

 

  • Current management of wound care is stuck in the nineteenth Century. Rulers, free-hand drawings and ‘vague comments’ written in free hand notes are the norm for assessing, and managing chronic wounds. This is despite disease and death from chronic wounds being a billion dollar problem.
  • Nursing care is rarely given value or scrutinized for poor practices. Yet nurses spend the majority of time with patients.

Positive things to seek out

 

  • Modern technology can now provide advanced assessment of wounds and their underlying causes.
  • Apps are now available for download by relatives or non clinical staff that can give daily assessments and indicate if treatments are working or not.
  • The costs both personal and financial of chronic wounds is finally being taken seriously by hospitals, governments and insurers.

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