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Chronic wound management

Wound management is provided across all care settings in NSW. The Leading Better Value Care chronic wound management initiative focus is to improve the management of wounds that do not heal in a timely manner. These are classed as chronic wounds. They include skin tears, pressure injuries, autoimmune/dermatological conditions, diabetic foot ulceration, compromised surgical wounds and leg ulcers.

Many patients with a chronic wound are debilitated, immobile and in pain and they feel isolated and self-conscious. These factors impact their employment, relationships and daily life.

Costs associated with treating chronic wounds are significant for patients and for the system. Treating chronic wounds in emergency, admitted and non-admitted settings are expected to cost $3 billion over the next ten years.

Snapshot of chronic wound management in NSW, 2019

1.6 million
service events for
outpatient care

Standards

Leading Better Value Care Standards for Wound Management 2019

Standards for delivering appropriate chronic wound management in NSW.

View standards

For clinicians and services

What to improve

Read about the four clinical priority areas for improving the prevention and management of chronic wounds:

  1. risk identification and prevention
  2. ongoing holistic assessment
  3. treatment and management plan
  4. enablement and partnerships

How to improve

Explore four options to provide wound management in different service delivery settings to improve the management of chronic wounds.

  1. Multidisciplinary team-based model
  2. Wound specialist-led model
  3. Virtual care (telehealth) model
  4. Primary care partnership model (Healthcare Neighbourhood)

Additional resources

Evidence review to inform chronic wound management organisational models of care

Contact the chronic wound management team

Email the team at aci-chronicwounds@health.nsw.gov.au for information or to join the Chronic Wound Management Community of Interest and access the online collaboration platform.

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