Introducing Wound Innovations staff: Scott Lucadou-Wells – Advanced Clinical Podiatrist.
Tell us a little bit about your professional background?
I graduated from QUT in 1996 and began working in private practice doing general podiatry and musculoskeletal work. In 2002 I began work with QLD Health at Caboolture Community Health where I was introduced to managing clients with feet at high risk of amputation. I really enjoyed the challenge of healing chronic foot ulcers, keeping clients out of hospital and preventing more serious outcomes. I ran that clinic for 6 years and moved into managing a multi-disciplinary clinical team focussed on preventing hospital admission for those with complex chronic health conditions. I returned to clinically focussed role in 2013 as the Podiatry clinical lead for The Prince Charles Hospital and then the Community Health high risk foot clinics across Metro North Hospital and Health Service, a role that I continue in part-time in addition to my role at Wound Innovations.
What attracted you to work at Wound Innovations?
I have always been active in translating the latest research and implementing new technologies into practice, which aligns perfectly with the Wound Innovations philosophy. Wound Innovations is a great opportunity to work more directly with researchers and product developers and bridge the gap between research, development and practice. Additionally, Wound Innovations model of care is an interdisciplinary team approach which offers a more direct route to collaborative problem solving than traditional and more fragmented models where communication challenges between clinicians across locations and organisations can reduce the quality of care.
What is your favourite aspect of working for WI?
I feel more connected to other health professionals and product developers than ever before, I have learned so much from my short time at Wound innovations. We have such a warm, respectful and skilled team who are a joy to work with. Certainly this is a positive for making our clients feel comfortable, safe and trusting when we are helping them with physically and socially debilitating chronic wounds and I believe that this translates to more positive outcomes for these clients.
If you could give one piece of advice to your clients, what would it be?
Probably try to forget what you think you know about wound care. Wound care has come a long way in the last few decades but many old myths about wound healing are still held as truth by both clients and some health professionals alike. A good example is letting a wound dry out and form a scab, often with sun exposure to help it along; much research has shown that keeping a wound moist (but not too wet) improved wound healing rates. Additionally, many wounds may have complex underlying pathology that needs to be addressed, such as circulatory dysfunction, which needs to be managed in order to promote healing. Simply applying a dressing repeatedly in these cases will not solve the problem and result in extended suffering and increased chance of developing infection.
What’s one thing about you not many people know?!
When not working with chronic foot wounds or enjoying time with my family I compose, perform and record music either on my own or with other musicians. I’ve been doing this longer than I have been a Podiatrist. I love creating something new using traditional instruments and all of the wonderful new technology that exists in this space too.