Quality improvement frameworks to maximise wound assessment

Amanda Curtis
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Wound management should be a holistic process that assesses not only the wound itself, but also includes patient and client factors. To ensure veterinary professionals try to minimise mistakes and maximise communication, quality improvement methods can be applied to help prevent mistakes and miscommunications. Veterinary medicine lacks in veterinary specific wound assessment frameworks but there are numerous that are applied successfully to human medicine that can aid in the holistic approach, and cross over well to veterinary patients. The application of a simple checklist and care bundle could help to improve client communication and compliance and also facilitate healing, leading to improved patient outcomes.

Figure 1. Example of human wound assessment form (Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Card) used to assess soldiers in the battlefield).
Figure 1. Example of human wound assessment form (Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Card) used to assess soldiers in the battlefield).

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