The Home and Community Care Support Services Central East Wound Care program advocates and leads integrated delivery of evidence-informed skin and wound care that spans the continuum of care and drives improvement in the outcomes for people with skin and wound care issues in the Central East region. In collaboration with our community service provider agencies, primary care facilities and hospitals, we deliver a coordinated and consistent strategy of skin and wound care, informed by best practice. In addition, the Wound Care program facilitates stakeholder relationships and collaborative working networks to improve transition of care and patient access and experience.
Wound Care Pathways
- Pressure Injury (PI)
- Acute Wound (AW)
- Surgical Wound (SW)
- Vascular Ulcer (VU)
- Complex Multiple Wound (CW)
- Maintenance Wound (MW)
- Maintenance Wound Exception (MWE)
- Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU)
- Total Contact Casting (TCC) for patients accessing Clinic; or
- Aircast Walking System (AWS) for homebound patients
- Darco Shoe/PegAssist for patients accessing Clinic or homebound patients
Wound Care Inter-Professional Team (IPT) Referral Criteria
Patient is experiencing:
- Complex wound(s), non-healing and impacting quality of life;
- Daily/q2day dressing changes required greater than 2 weeks;
- Wounds that are not healing at least 10% per week greater than 4 weeks; or,
- Wounds where the drainage, and/or risk of infection, and/or pain has increased (to be referred as per assessment).
Swift Skin and Wound Digital App
The Swift Skin and Wound Digital App is a mobile application used by the nurse or patient to take a picture of their wound, share it with the appropriate clinicians, conduct virtual consultations, as well as allow providers to gain visibility into patient healing trends, risks and needs. Members of the WC IPT will be able to remotely view medical-grade wound images with the new medical imaging AI, which will also help document, assess and treat those wounds.
Swift Skin and Wound Digital App uses artificial intelligence to accurately measure the wound circumference, type and progress once an image is captured. Some of the many features include a history icon to track wound healing over time and stream-lined, real-time documentation uploads. Automated wound assessment PDFs upload into the patient electronic record, eliminating double documentation and ensuring care plans can be accessed by the patient's care team when needed.
Wound Resource Hotline: 1-800-263-3877 ext. 5080