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Virtual Wound Care: Best Practices

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

By Joseph Ebberwein, Co-founder & CFO



The digital age has brought about a revolution in healthcare, allowing patients to receive medical care and consultation in the comfort of their own homes. Virtual care, also known as telemedicine, has become especially important for managing patients with wounds. In this blog post, we'll explore best practices for delivering virtual care for patients with wounds, providing the most efficient and effective treatment while ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.


Introduction to Virtual Wound Care

Wound care typically requires regular observation and treatment, sometimes making in-person visits inconvenient for both the healthcare provider and the patient. Additionally, because wound care is not a medical specialty, care is often provided by scarce board-certified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurses. Advanced telehealth technology, coupled with remote WOC Nurses, enables healthcare providers to monitor and manage wounds remotely. The benefits of this approach include:

  • Accessibility: Especially beneficial for those in remote locations or with limited mobility.

  • Cost-Effectiveness: Reducing the need for frequent hospital or Emergency Room visits can lead to cost savings.

  • Convenience: Flexible scheduling and virtual check-ins provide comfort and ease for providers and their patients.

  • Continuity of Care: Continuous tracking and monitoring contribute to better wound healing and early detection of complications.

However, some considerations need to be addressed to ensure that the best care is provided:

  • Patient Assessment and Selection

    • Not all wound types or patients may be suitable for virtual wound care, some may require “hands-on” treatment such as debridement.

    • Careful patient assessment is vital, considering factors like the type of wound, the patient's comfort with technology, and their overall health condition.

  • Technology Utilization

    • Telehealth Platform: Selection of a secure, user-friendly platform that complies with privacy and security regulations (e.g., HIPAA, HITRUST, SOC2).

    • Wound Imaging: Utilizing high-resolution cameras and deploying best practices to capture clear pictures of the wound.

    • Data Management: Implementing data analytics tools for tracking progress and detecting potential problems for early intervention.

  • Education and Training

    • Healthcare Providers: Proper training for healthcare providers in the use of telehealth technologies and virtual patient engagement.

    • Patients and Caregivers: Providing education on wound care management at home, including dressing changes, wound cleansing, and recognizing signs of infection.

  • Communication and Engagement

    • Maintaining open and consistent communication between the care team and patients creates trust and encourages adherence to treatment plans.

    • Regular Virtual Check-ins: Scheduled follow-ups to assess progress and address concerns.

    • Multi-disciplinary Approach: Collaboration between nurses, physicians, physical therapists, registered dieticians, and other healthcare professionals.

    • Patient Portals: Utilizing patient portals for easy access to medical records, care plans, and direct communication with healthcare providers.

  • Quality and Compliance

    • Protocols and Guidelines: Following evidence-based guidelines and standard operating procedures.

    • Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to state-specific regulations and licensing requirements related to telemedicine, such as the virtual WOC Nurse being licensed in the state where the patent is located.

    • Patient Consent and Privacy: Ensuring informed consent and maintaining confidentiality of patient information.

The Role of Corstrata in Virtual Wound Care

Corstrata is a proven solution in virtual wound care, providing value to various healthcare providers such as home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and hospital-at-home services. Here are ways that Corstrata provides value:

  • Expertise in Wound Care - Corstrata’s team consists of certified wound care nurses who provide expert consultation and evidence-based, patient-focused care plans.

  • Technology-Driven Solutions - Corstrata employs state-of-the-art technology, including high-quality imaging and secure, accessible platforms, ensuring an efficient and effective care process.

  • Education and Support - Corstrata offers comprehensive education and support to healthcare providers and patients, enhancing the overall quality of wound care management.

  • Cost-Effective Care - Corstrata’s services provide value to providers that struggle with providing wound care- reducing costs through fewer hospital readmissions, less frequent in-person visits, and the optimal use of wound care products.

  • Integration with Various Care Models - Corstrata’s scalable solutions are adaptable to different care settings, whether it's home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, or hospital-at-home models, providing continuity and collaboration across different care teams and ensuring seamless care delivery.

Conclusion

Virtual wound care represents a promising advancement in the healthcare landscape. Implementing these best practices ensures that patients receive quality care that is accessible, efficient, and patient-centered. As technology continues to evolve, so will the opportunities to further enhance wound care. Continuous research, collaboration, and adherence to ethical standards are vital to realizing the full potential of virtual wound care.



Corstrata was founded as a solution to provide access to scarce wound and ostomy specialists. We provide services to a range of healthcare providers - hospital at home, home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, mobile clinicians, value-based care organizations, etc. Our staff of board-certified wound nurses (CWS, WOC Nurses) provides virtual wound consultations employing evidence-based wound practice to all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.

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