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Working in partnership to improve wound care services through a shared care pathway


Lead Medical Specialist at Coloplast, Paddy Markey, relates how a collaborative partnership has helped an NHS organisation introduce a shared wound care pathway, releasing capacity and delivering improved wound healing outcomes.

Coloplast’s purpose is to make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. Requiring both an understanding of patient’s medical challenges and other concerns impacting their lives, Coloplast listens to both patients and the clinicians who care for them. Coloplast’s business includes Wound and Skin Care, and understands that although wound healing can be complex, choosing the right solutions doesn’t have to be. By combining effective products and services designed to release clinical capacity, reduce harm, and optimise services, Coloplast works with clinicians to reduce health inequalities and deliver optimal wound care for patients.

An NHS organisation decided that to succeed in reaching The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation targets set for 2020-21, it would combine the elements of accurate wound assessment and self-care to redesign a wound care service. The pilot’s designated wound assessment clinic was implemented to enhance capacity of community staff, provide early wound assessment, and reduce unwarranted variation in treatment. It also provided an opportunity to introduce a supported shared-care pathway, further releasing capacity.

At initial appointments, patients were assessed for their suitability for supported shared-care. The project is an example of collaboration and partnership with Coloplast who helped develop and produce the shared care resources required.

Coloplast supported the development of the patient shared-care information pack, shared care inclusion criteria, and wound self-care pathway. The self-care pathway was based on a patient’s ability to use one wound bed conforming silicone foam dressing (Biatain Silicone with 3DFit Technology by Coloplast) on wounds up to 2cm in depth*.

Wound audit data suggests that nearly 80 per cent of wounds are less than 2cm in depth, and in an international consensus among wound care specialists, 83 per cent agreed that the best dressing choice for wounds up to 2cm deep is a dressing that conforms to the wound bed. Through previous case studies, Coloplast has demonstrated an avoidance in filler dressings when using Biatain® Silicone on wounds up to 2cm in depth*. The studies also demonstrated 49 and 51 per cent savings on dressing procurement costs respectively.

*Tested in vitro, Conformability may vary across product design.