Updated: Feb 6, 2018
Skilled Wound Care doctors publish groundbreaking original research on wound healing.
Breaking News -- July 2017
Dr. Bardia Anvar and Dr. Henry Okonkwo of Skilled Wound Care have published an innovative and important new study in the journal WOUNDS (Volume 29, Issue 7). Entitled “Serial Surgical Debridement of Common Pressure Injuries in the Nursing Home Setting: Outcomes and Findings,” it details the results of research investigating wound healing practices in nursing homes.
This study investigated techniques and procedures that have not been formally studied in nursing home patients before, and addressed the pervasive and problematic issue of pressure injuries (or pressure ulcers). The Skilled Wound Care approach was particularly successful, with nearly 75% of wounds showing improvement, and a significant decrease in surface area over time.
These findings are especially noteworthy, as CDC estimates that 1 in 10 nursing home patients will suffer a pressure injury. Despite their frequency, however, pressure injuries are not frequently studied, and nursing home populations are often overlooked in the research. This inquiry will point nurses, doctors, and caregivers in a direction with proven results. It also underlines once again how essential collaborative care is for nursing home patients with injuries like these. As the study described:
“Wound care providers must work in concert with ancillary staff to provide optimal wound care on a daily basis to provide wound healing to these patients. Proper selection of wound dressings and appropriate care of periwound skin are also important factors of wound healing.”
Skilled Wound Care is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge when it comes to healing these vulnerable and under-studied patients, and this study lays the foundation for future groundbreaking research from the SWC team.
Skilled Wound Care is a mobile surgical practice committed to transforming the chronic wound care model in nursing facilities. Wound care experts make weekly bedside visits to patients in long-term care facilities, avoiding transfers to hospitals or clinics. Our expert physicians give patients the most up-to-date and effective wound treatments, and educate facility staff on how to help patients continue to heal quickly and effectively between visits. This model of collaborative care allows SWC’s physicians to improve patients’ lives and health outcomes, to empower nursing staff, and to raise public awareness. Skilled Wound Care, along with its nurse and nursing home partners, is working every day to positively transform traditional nursing home wound care.