Improving Patient Safety & Care Webinar Series
Digitalisation of wound care services
Commissioning for Effective System Transformation
24 Feb 2021
13:00 - 14:00 GMT
Dr Una Adderley
National Wound Care Strategy Programme Director
Director of Innovation Delivery
Data & Information Lead
National Wound Care Strategic Programme
System Transformation Manager - Advanced Wound Management
Smith & Nephew
Digitising the management of wound care provides accurate and accessible data to nurses and clinicians while also enabling remote assessment of wounds. The COVID-19 pandemic is front and centre of all current healthcare priorities – and rightly so. Yet, we must not, nor should not, overlook the need for other forms of healthcare provision – which have by no means abated.
Take the management of wound care. It is estimated that 2.2 million people in the UK live with non-healing, chronic wounds – those wounds which do not respond to treatment and therefore do not heal. They can last for months or even years, costing the NHS around £5 billion a year.
COVID-19 risks exacerbating the issue as the same populations who have been identified as at-risk of developing complications from the pandemic, such as older people and people with diabetes, are exactly those that are also at risk for developing chronic wounds. At a time when demand on the healthcare system is more pressured than ever, it is even more critical to ensure NHS providers have access to the tools they need to deliver quality care, making it easier to protect patients.
This webinar will discuss how harnessing technology can make routine monitoring digital and how digital wound care services can save time, reduce administrative burdens and helps NHS staff assess patients earlier.