Managing Complex Wounds in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

Cureus. 2023 Oct 24;15(10):e47581. doi: 10.7759/cureus.47581. eCollection 2023 Oct.ABSTRACTWounds, especially chronic wounds, can be clinically challenging to manage. The presence of a chronic wound in a patient can not only cause nociceptive pain but also psychological and emotional pain. In extreme cases, they can be life-threatening if they present with infection and sepsis from poor wound care. This paper highlights the care of a patient in a skilled nursing facility who presented with a very complicated post-surgical abdominal wound, secondary to an infected post-surgical incision. The skilled nursing facility was very concerned about the size, depth, and nature of the wound, and talks were underway to transfer the patient to a different long-term acute care facility or to the hospital for more specialized care. Thanks to the weekly rounds of a specialized wound care physician to the facility, and a dedicated wound care nurse to execute the physician's orders, the wound was adequately cared for and close to resolution at the time of the patient's discharge to home.PMID:38021971 | PMC:PMC10666797 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.47581
Source: Pain Physician - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research