The cost of excessive dressing use has been demonstrated in real-world practice. Clinicians have evaluated how a best-practice approach of “undisturbed wound healing” — leaving the prepared wound to heal with fewer dressing changes or other disturbances — can reduce product usage and staff time. Of course, this all hinges on dressing performance.
Case in point: Clinicians at Rose Medical center, a 250-bed community hospital in Denver, Colorado were dissatisfied with the performance of the formulary bordered foam dressing selected for (perceived) cost-per-unit savings. They found that these dressings caused a number of issues that led to frequent dressing changes. This not only ran counter to wound healing best practice — it was also wasteful.9
The acute care wound team set out to make the case for using a higher-quality bordered foam square dressing in lieu of the formulary. The results showed that the longer wear time of higher-quality dressings actually reduced the overall cost of care, despite a higher price point.9
Its hard to argue the math.