Module E: The Case Manager’s Role in Wound Care

CE Credits: 1.5

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This module explores how a case manager can support the patient and the transdisciplinary team in successful wound care. First, the module details the potential members of the transdisciplinary team and how important it is that they share some common training (including the dispelling of common misconceptions around wound care). It then looks at patient-centered care plans and the potential barriers to effective self-care, such as smoking, depression, anxiety or varying levels of health literacy. Finally, the module looks at the importance of a well-thought-out discharge plan, and how case managers can facilitate ongoing healing for the patient.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Advocate for a transdisciplinary approach to wound care
» Describe the ongoing development of patient-centered wound care plans
» Discuss care management and the ongoing needs of patients with chronic wounds
» Identify potential barriers to treatment
» Describe transitions of care in the management of patients with chronic wounds

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Advance your professional practice: Case managers interact with wound care patients throughout the spectrum of care—from an ER visit to the transition into a skilled nursing facility or back to home. Having a firm grasp on the most effective patient-centered care plans— and how CMs can support that care—will increase a patient’s chances of recovery and quality of life.

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Improve organizational performance: Hospitalizations related to wounds—such as pressure ulcers and surgical site infections— have high rates of morbidity and mortality, as well as high costs for healthcare organizations. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the transdisciplinary team to coordinate our knowledge and care so that we can prevent such wounds, treat diagnosed wounds more efficiently, and reduce the odds of readmission.