Chronic wounds increase home care (HC) costs, stressing an already overburdened system. More severe wounds are significantly more expensive to manage than less severe ones.
In addition to these recognized economic costs, clients are burdened with the pain, suffering, and loss of independence commonly. associated with chronic ulcers. The Clinical Issues Committee of the Nova Scotia (NS) Department of Health (DOH) recognized increasing challenges within its province as a result of a growing nursing shortage, an aging population, and budgetary restraints. To address these challenges and proactively reduce the growing burden of wound care in the home, the Clinical Issues Committee, a multidisciplinary team of HC professionals, and a team of HC nurses decided to address this issue. The team applied the principles of outcomes management
identifying opportunities for improvement, developing interventions, implementing practice standards, and testing outcomes achievement to assess, define, and improve home wound care outcomes in the Province of NS.
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