Country Terrace keeping wound rate low
Success made possible through team effort and OMNI resources promoting prevention: CCCMay 1, 2012
A strong team effort, having a director of care (DOC) who's a certified wound-care specialist and OMNI Health Care resources have helped keep the wound rate low at Country Terrace, says clinical care co-ordinator (CCC) Kimberley Noftle.
Noftle says the wound rate at Country Terrace is usually about six per cent, with the majority of skin issues
being Stage 1 pressure ulcers.
"Our wound-care stats are good. Most wounds that we get that are serious Stage 3 or Stage 4 wounds, we inherit them (upon admission). We rarely have anybody develop a wound that goes that far in this home," Noftle tells the OMNIway.
Prevention and being proactive, she adds, have been key.
For instance, as a team, front-line staff members are "extremely timely" when it comes to reporting changes in residents' skin integrity.
"If you see a (risk) of a problem, you get on top of it before it develops into something more serious," says Noftle.
Noftle also credits a course she and other Country Terrace team members took with clinical nurse specialist Theresa Hurd for planting the seeds of enhanced wound care. The team took the course shortly after Country Terrace became an OMNI home in December 2007.
Through OMNI's contract with Smith & Nephew, Country Terrace, like OMNI's other 16 long-term care homes, has access to the Global Wound Academy. Noftle says she and other Country Terrace team members have been participating in this online skin-care program, which is building upon skill sets.
OMNI's Healthy Living, Healthy Skin protocols, Noftle notes, have also been a valuable resource for the team.
Noftle says Country Terrace DOC Karen Dann has played a large role in making wound prevention a high priority at the home. Through her direction, Dann, who is a certified wound-care specialist, has helped make the
home's wound-care team strong, says Noftle.
"Karen has been an extremely valuable resource," she says.
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