As elective surgeries ramp up again after a pandemic-related hiatus, surgical teams face a unique challenge: How to address increasing volume while efficiently managing O.R. throughput and hospital resources. In this environment, surgical incision care has a direct effect on these measures, and is an area ripe for optimization.
Proper post-operative wound care plays a major role in preventing serious complications and infections that further constrain O.R. capacity and increase costs. Surgical incision care represents an opportunity to mitigate risk, improve outcomes and reduce waste. Simple changes here can have a significant impact on patient outcomes and hospital efficiency.
Consider a total hip replacement for example: Wound dressings typically only account for about 0.02% of the total cost of that procedure1. Yet considering what’s at stake, facilities sometimes invest inadequate attention into the post-operative dressing's impact on outcome in ways such as enabling patient mobility, optimizing the wound healing environment, peri-wound skin care and mitigating superficial infections.