What is Wound Innovations all about?
Wound Innovations is a dynamic new service that is the first model of its kind in Australia. We are located at Spring Hill in Brisbane. We provide services for patients suffering from chronic wounds, and we treat conditions such as leg ulcers and pressure injuries and other types of non-healing wounds. Some patients can have wounds that are very challenging to treat. Often they have them for many years.
There are other types of wounds that we treat (eg. post operative infections), but primarily we treat chronic wounds. Chronic wounds are wounds that take longer than four weeks to heal. The average wound duration prior to coming to a specialist service like ours is usually around 12 months.
What does Wound Innovations do?
We have three core elements to our service. Clinical service delivery is the first one. Patients who are suffering from wounds come and visit us and have their wounds assessed by the team.
We also have telehealth services available for people who are living in regional, rural, and remote areas or for people living in residential aged care who find it very challenging to come into a clinic environment.
We also have an education service. Our education is very much focused on clinical skills development for allied health professionals, nurses and doctors so we’re into broadening knowledge and skills in the specialty area of wound management.
In addition to our three core services, we are also conducting a research study regarding wound health economics.
What can people expect when they visit Wound Innovations?
When patients first come to see us they are greeted with a warm and welcoming environment. Then during their appointment they see a team of health professionals including nurses, a podiatrist, a dietician and a vascular specialist so we can evaluate your whole health situation in order to best treat your wound.
How is this service different?
Wound Innovations is different because of our multidisciplinary team and our thorough and collaborate approach to treating each wound situation. Our appointments are longer but much more thorough and this saves the patient travelling to many different practitioners.
We also take the time to look at all of the factors that are impacting on the patient’s health and their underlying wound issues so we can best treat them and improve their situation.
Tell us about a patient you have treated and how improving their wound changed their life?
There are so many different patients we have treated. Unfortunately there is a misconception in the health industry that developing difficult to heal wounds is a part of life and ageing. But we don’t believe this to be the case.
We worked with one gentleman who had a 15 year history of ulceration and it affected every part of his life. He loved to go to the coffee shop with his friends and have an active social life but he stopped doing that because he was worried about his ulcers leaking or smelling unpleasant to his friends.
Once we started giving him proper treatment and got his wound problem under control, he changed enormously. His wounds started to improve, he had a reduction in pain and the wound that he had for 15 years healed in three months. He engaged in his regular social activities and now lives a healthy life with a much more positive outlook.
What do you enjoy about wound management?
I love every aspect of wound management. I love wounds that are challenging to treat as I personally believe we can make a difference to all wounds. I love making a positive impact on people’s lives. I also love the education aspect in wound management – providing and sharing my knowledge and skills with other people so that we can foster the next generation of health professionals to respond to health epidemics in the community. And the research side of things is exciting as well because it means we can create new discoveries and learn more things about wounds so that people don’t have to suffer.
For more information, please contact Wound Innovations on 1300 968 637.