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Navigating Pain Management Prescriptions In Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 16,580 reads | 0 comments | 12/19/2012

Offering insights and perspectives on prescribing medication for patients with painful wounds, these expert panelists discuss drugs for neuropathic pain, extended-release narcotics and how to be wary of pain medication “seekers.”

Q: Do you use gabapentin (Neurontin, Pfizer), pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer), or duloxetine (Cymbalta, Eli Lilly) and other medications for neuropathic pain? A:

“I would estimate that not a day goes by in which I have not prescribed antinociceptive therapy for neuropathic pain,” says Allen Jacobs, DPM.

Case Studies In Palliative Wound Care

Martin E. Wendelken, DPM, RN, Lee Markowitz, DPM, and Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD | 48,026 reads | 0 comments | 06/29/2009

There may be instances when advanced therapies are contraindicated in elderly patients. In other instances, elderly patients with multiple comorbidities may be wary of the risks of surgical intervention for lower extremity wounds. Accordingly, these authors offer a variety of case studies that illustrate fundamental principles of palliative wound care.

Facilitating Improved Documentation In Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM | 20,990 reads | 0 comments | 12/30/2008

   Having effective and thorough documentation methods can enhance outcomes, improve efficiency and help reduce hurdles to timely reimbursement. These panelists draw on their experience to discuss exactly what one needs to document in charts and how to use technology to make documentation easier.

Q: What are the recommended methods for the wound care documentation?

Expert Insights On Wound Care Products

hmpadmin | 12,831 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2002

The array of wound care products can be quite astounding. Choosing the right product(s) for your patient can be difficult. With this in mind, our panelists, strongly emphasizing case-by-case management, share their experiences, success stories and caveats with certain wound care products. Read on for what five expert panelists had to say about treating neuropathic ulcers, when to use growth factors and the role of wet-to-dry dressings.Q: What wound care products do you use on the diabetic neuropathic ulcer?

Seeking Volunteers To Help Establish Wound Care Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 7,320 reads | 2 comments | 07/21/2009

Most of you who read this blog know that I have been involved in a clubfoot program in Haiti for several years now. In my trips to Haiti, another need has become apparent. The need for a wound care center is critically urgent.

I have initiated the process with the help of some of my Haitian friends to establish a wound care center with the hope that this initiative will eventually lead to an entire countrywide program. This is a large, daunting undertaking and I need help. For those of you who are looking for ways to get involved, here is your opportunity to make a difference.

Key Insights On Advanced Wound Care Treatments

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 13,417 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2010

   There are a variety of advanced treatment options that can help expedite wound healing. Accordingly, these expert panelists offer insights on the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and growth factors, and the emergence of stem cell therapy.

Q: Do you have any pearls in prescribing NPWT?

What You Should Know About Starting A Wound Care Clinic

Kazu Suzuki, DPM | 31,074 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/2008

   Establishing a wound care clinic can be a rewarding part of practice. These panelists draw on their wound care experience to discuss the essential clinical tools you need and also emphasize the importance of developing strong referral sources to help facilitate optimal outcomes for patients.

Q: What are the basic and bare minimum treatment modalities and tools you use daily in your wound care clinic?

How To Develop A Wound Care Team In Your Community

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS | 4,436 reads | 0 comments | 03/12/2012

This month’s blog is the third in a series that deals with the development and marketing of wound care within a practice.

The last two blogs focused on determining if you are truly interested in wound care and how to more effectively manage the patients you see in your practice.

If you are reading this, you have hopefully reflected on how important your role is not only to your patients but also to the other providers in your community.

Pertinent Insights On Coding For Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 48,044 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/2012

Providing salient examples and insights from their experience, the expert panelists discuss proper documentation, coding for E&M services and appropriate use of modifiers.

Q: What is the key to proper coding and documentation in wound care practices? A:

As Harry Goldsmith, DPM, emphasizes, proper documentation allows the wound care specialist and others treating the patient to evaluate the patient’s status continuously, and plan for and execute the appropriate treatments.

Maggot Therapy: Is It Viable In Wound Care?

By David G. Armstrong, DPM, and Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDE | 15,579 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2002

Yes, maggots are inexpensive, practical and can facilitate the use of other modalities, says David G. Armstrong, DPM.