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Vohra Works to Improve Wound Care Outcomes on World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

In observance to World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day, November 16, 2017, we discuss the best methods in prevention and how Vohra’s technology is helping to reduce the amount of pressure injuries within the skilled nursing space. The annual celebration of World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and was first observed in 2013.

According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), a pressure injury is defined as a localized damage to the skin/and or underlying soft tissue usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device.

People who are the most at risk in the development of pressure injuries that limits their ability to change positions or those who spend most of their time in a bed or chair. Common areas where pressure sores are often seen include the head, shoulder blades, hip, lower back or tailbone and the heels, ankles and skin behind the knees.

There are several preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of a pressure injury development. Since the breakdown of skin can be affected by the lack of blood flow caused by diseases such as diabetes and vascular diseases, keeping the skin dry from exposure to moisture, protecting the skin from friction by shifting weight by repositioning frequently and continuous moderation are some key elements in the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries.

By implementing preventative strategies, preventing and reducing the amount of pressure injuries within skilled nursing facilities across the nation is possible. That is why the Vohra Wound Care Program was designed to improve wound outcomes in partnered facilities.

Long-term care facilities that take full advantage of the Vohra Wound Care Program implement a standardized delivery of high-quality wound care treatment and prevention. Vohra wound physician specialists apply the latest data-driven and cost-effective care plans which include bedside surgical debridement.

Vohra Chief Information Officer, Dr. Christopher Leonard, DO explains how the Vohra EHR adds to the advancement in the wound care industry. “Vohra Wound Physicians leverages data capture with a niche-specific EHR to produce actionable data that aligns with the needs of our long-term care partners.” Data captured by the proprietary, certified Vohra wound care electronic medical records system (EHR) are made readily available to corporate LTC partners.

The protocols applied to wound care patients assure the facility process improvements necessary to detect, document and aggressively treat all wounds. For pressure wounds, this reduces facility-specific clinical quality measure scores, which are mandated, publicly-reported and result in financial penalties for facilities (QM 403 & QM 425).

Chief Clinical Officer of StoneGate Senior Living, Dianne Sullivan, RN, BSN, MBA says, “I am so very excited to have such a high-quality provider to partner with. I am looking forward to the great outcomes and subsequent data reporting we can gather.”

Facilities that partner with Vohra Wound Physicians will have access to information such as:

  • Dressing usage for resolved pressure wounds,
  • Quarterly data on number of wounds seen and debridements performed,
  • Short and long stay pressure wound quality measures

If you would like to learn more about the Vohra Wound Care Program and how it can benefit your skilled nursing facility, visit here.

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Author: Dr. Japa Volchok, DO

Dr. Volchok is the Vice President of Operations at Vohra Wound Physicians. Trained as a vascular and general surgeon he joined Vohra in 2009. Dr. Volchok is currently responsible for Vohra’s telemedicine program, legal and regulatory matters, and physician recruitment. He completed an executive management program at the Harvard Business School.