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Innovating in Hospice Care: The Power of Telehealth in Wound Healing

Updated: Apr 25

By Joseph Ebberwein



In hospice care, the primary emphasis is on enhancing the quality of life. However, the presence of complex, chronic wounds can significantly impact patient comfort while also negatively impacting the hospice, even those most committed to patient care. Enter Corstrata, a leader in virtual wound care, dedicated to ensuring that wound care works for everyone involved - from the patients and caregivers to the hospice providers.


1. The Intricate Landscape of Wound Care in Hospice Settings 

Hospice patients, especially those nearing life's end, often grapple with challenging wound symptoms, such as those highlighted by the sentinel SCALE (Skin Changes at Life's End). The absence of specialized wound care expertise in many hospice organizations can lead to:

  • Higher Cost of Care: Prolonged treatment durations, increased resource utilization,  risk of complications and hospitalization.

  • Reduced Staff and Patient Satisfaction: Discomfort for patients and frustration for caregivers.

  • Increased Legal and Survey Exposure: Higher risk of non-compliance with best practices.

  • Elevated Wound Supply Costs: Overstocking, misuse, or unnecessary use of wound care supplies.


2. Corstrata: A Beacon of Hope and Efficiency 

Corstrata's telemedicine solutions are tailored to address these challenges:

  • Expertise at Your Fingertips: Access to board-certified wound care specialists.

  • Cost-Effective Solutions: Optimized patient-centered wound care processes, leading to improved wound outcomes, improved patient quality of life, and reduced costs.

  • Real-time Monitoring: Timely detection and intervention, reducing complications.

  • Education and Training: Empowering hospice staff with specialized knowledge, leading to better utilization of wound supplies and enhanced patient satisfaction.

  • Legal and Survey Compliance: Adherence to best practices, reducing legal risks, and ensuring positive survey outcomes.


3. Enhancing Quality of Life for Patients and Caregivers 

Beyond operational benefits, Corstrata's primary value lies in enhancing the quality of life for hospice patients. Effective wound management ensures patient comfort, while caregivers benefit from the peace of mind that comes with expert support. Corstrata's specialized care ensures that challenging wound symptoms are managed effectively, providing both comfort and dignity in life's final stages.


4. Empowering Hospice Organizations 

Corstrata's solutions position hospice organizations as leaders in comprehensive care. This reputation enhancement can lead to increased trust among families and patients, ensuring they choose the right facility or organization for end-of-life care.


In Conclusion 

In the realm of hospice care, Corstrata stands out as an indispensable partner. By addressing the multifaceted challenges of wound care, from patient comfort to operational efficiency, Corstrata ensures that hospice organizations can provide top-tier care without the associated challenges of lacking in-house expertise.


About Corstrata

Corstrata is a virtual care solution that utilizes technology to provide access to scarce certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurses (WOCNs) at the patient's bedside in post-acute provider settings, including home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and emerging hospital-at-home providers across all 50 states. Corstrata's team of WOC nurses provides consultations with provider staff at the patient's bedside, either through HIPAA-compliant video or through review of store-and-forward wound images, to improve clinical and financial outcomes for providers. To learn more about how Corstrata can help your organization better support your staff, visit www.corstrata.com.

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