Managing chronic, nonhealing wounds: Using a research-based protocol

Nancy Benton, Theresa A Harvath, Marna Flaherty-Robb, Marijo Medcraft, Karen McWhorter, Faith McClelland, Carol Joseph, Floris Mambourg

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Abstract

The physical, emotional, and financial costs of caring for patients with chronic, nonhealing leg wounds are substantial. In fiscal year 2001, the home care department of a large Veterans Affairs medical center in the Pacific Northwest spent nearly half of its annual budget on veterans needing wound care. In this article, the authors describe a practice improvement project designed to improve the wound care management of homebound veterans with chronic, nonhealing lower extremity wounds using a research-based protocol and consultation by a certified wound care specialist, as well as the effect of this program on home care expenditures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume33
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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