Topic: Virtual Wound Clinics: Supporting Regional Queensland

Day: Thursday 22 October 2020

Time:  2:10pm-2:30pm AESDT

Abstract:

In May 2020, we commenced virtual wound consultations through video conferencing, in partnership with Mölnlycke; our wound product partner.  This was not only due to COVID19, but a perceived need to provide wound training to support in regional and remote sites, who have little access to visiting wound consultants.  The Virtual Wound Clinic was established to provide support for our community and residential services.  These clinics included wound experts from Churches of Christ, along with a representative from Mölnlycke.   The aims of these consultations are to:In May 2020, we commenced virtual wound consultations through video conferencing, in partnership with Mölnlycke; our wound product partner.  This was not only due to COVID19, but a perceived need to provide wound training to support in regional and remote sites, who have little access to visiting wound consultants.  The Virtual Wound Clinic was established to provide support for our community and residential services.  These clinics included wound experts from Churches of Christ, along with a representative from Mölnlycke.   The aims of these consultations are to:
 Provide expert, collaborative advice on chronic wounds, or wounds of concern. To engage our wound champions at each service to provide additional support in their role. To engage Registered Nurses at sites, to build their knowledge and confidence in wound management. To develop consultative, professional conversations within Churches of Christ on wound management, with the potential for significant benefits to the quality of life of our residents and clients.
It is not expected that all wounds will heal, as some chronic wounds are associated with resident or client co-morbidities, and result in conservative, palliative management ensuring comfort cares to the resident or client.
The outcomes, thus far include:
 53 chronic wounds discussed, with 21 wounds now healed Increased collaboration and professional support with chronic wounds Increased consistency of wound management plans
Now that we have provided virtual wound consultations to specific services, regular Virtual Wound Clinics will be established, where services can join the session to discuss any wounds.  This will allow the potential for staff across community and residential services to collaborate and to discuss wound management together, rather than consultations with one service at a time.

Biography:

As part of the Clinical and Care Governance team at Churches of Christ, my role includes clinical support, clinical information systems, training, dementia care and wound management, across community and residential aged care services. As an experienced Registered Nurse in acute and aged care sectors, I now specialise in wound management and supporting those living with dementia. My current goals is to minimize or eliminate pressure injuries across our services and maximise the wellbeing and wound management for those living with dementia.