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WHO Collaborates to Create Standard Guidelines:

The Wisconsin Story

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We all know that collaboration between clinicians and their patients is essential for successful wound healing. In addition, it is also known that the use of evidence-based practices in homecare is essential to positive patient outcomes. Collaboration among a group of motivated clinicians can also generate powerful outcomes, and we'll show you how!

Over the next few months VNAA Wound and Skin Care Center will showcase other segments of the WHO Wound Care Standards. We hope that these guidelines and materials, developed just for homecare, will assist you with improving patient outcomes.

VNAA members can obtain the complete Wound Care Evidence Based Practice Guidelines on CD-ROM for $10.

To purchase a copy, contact Rhonda King at Wisconsin Homecare Association,
5610 Medical Circle,
Suite 33,
Madison, WI 53719. Telephone:
(608) 278-1115,
e-mail: [email protected].

A small group of members of the Wisconsin Homecare Organization with a mutual interest in elevating homecare to "specialty designation" was formed in 2001. Homecare clinicians from Home Health United, Divine Savior Home Care, Marquardt Memorial Manor Home Health, Hillside Homecare and Hospice and Aurora VNA of Wisconsin composed the group. "We wanted to bring the professionalism of homecare up a notch," said Terri Peterson, VP of Clinical Services at Home Health United. Within months, these seven clinicians convened to develop a comprehensive wound care standard for homecare.

Without consultants or funding, the group embarked upon their ambitious journey. Their goal was to develop guidelines and materials based in evidence, using professionally recognized research and literature. Terri stated, "These guidelines needed to have best practices and resources distinctive to homecare with the sole purpose of improving patient outcomes." In 2003, the WHO Wound Care Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines was published.

With the research completed and a product in-hand, the group's next goal was to disseminate the work. Metastar (the Wisconsin QIO) offered their support by providing the technical and financial support to disseminate the wound care standards throughout the state of Wisconsin. "Ninety per cent of homecare agencies in the state received the wound care standard manual free of charge!" reports Myra Weiss, Nurse Consultant.

VNAA is pleased to make available some of the initial segments of the Wound Care Evidence-Based Standard Guidelines provided by the Wisconsin Home Care Organization (WHO). They have graciously allowed VNAA to share this information on the VNAA Wound Care site. Just click to access:

I. WHO Evidence Based Practice Committee: WHO Wound Care Guidelines

  1. Word document  Guidelines

  2. Word document  Audit Tool

II. National Guidelines

  1. PDF Icon  Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society OASIS Guideline

III. Wisconsin Sample Guidelines

  1. Word document  Guideline for Pressure Ulcer Measurement/Documentation

  2. Word document  Protocol for Managing Patient With an Open Wound

  3. Word document  Guideline for Wound Measurement/Documentation

  4. Word document  Standard Wound Patient Care Plan

  5. Word document  General Wound Care Guidelines

IV. National Assessment Tools

  1. PDF Icon  Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk

  2. PDF Icon  The Norton Scale

  3. PUSH Tool

    1. Word document  Instructions for Using the PUSH Tool

    2. PDF Icon  Push Tool and Pressure Ulcer Healing Chart

Over the next few months VNAA Wound Care Center will showcase other segments of the WHO Wound Care Standards. We hope that these guidelines and materials, developed just for homecare, will assist you with improving patient outcomes.

VNAA members can obtain the complete Wound Care Evidence Based Practice Guidelines on CD-ROM for $10. To purchase a copy, contact Rhonda King at Wisconsin Homecare Association, 5610 Medical Circle, Suite 33, Madison, WI 53719. Telephone (608) 278-1115, e-mail: [email protected].

The Wound and Skin Care Center is possible thanks to the generous support of Johnson and Johnson.




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