The internet is not just for shopping anymore, though I really do need to take some personal inventory in regards to my Amazon habit. And though the hot wiring of our dopamine systems to sell us more stuff we don’t need and depersonalizing our existence in the process may not be the most positive things for our existence, the ability to answer to any question that’s ever been asked from a little tablet in your pocket can be helpful.
In between binges on Amazon Prime and Youtube, I came across the following links to Wound Care related tools that I think are extremely useful. They are also out there for you, just a click away, for free.
Algorithm for the Management of Diabetic Charcot Foot. Charcot foot is a complicated and serious foot condition. This algorithm is a much needed and extremely useful tool to diagnose and assess treatment options for Charcot Foot.
The International Skin Tears Advisory Panel Skin Tear Decision Algorithm. This resource offers a very simple but evidence based and effective algorithm for skin tears and could be used as a starting point for a skin tear protocol.
WOCN Algorithm for Support Surface Selection This link connects to the WOCN website where they offer a tool which is evidence based and will help select the proper support surface based on patient need. This site is sponsored by Hill Rom.
NPUAP Pressure Injury Staging Illustrations This offers 3D drawings of the various Pressure Injury Stages. NPUAP allows use of these images for educational purposes.
Incontinence Associated Dermatitis Intervention Tool. This is a great tool to help identify and treat Incontinece associated Dermatitis which can often be challenging for staff to properly identify and treat.
NPUAP Pressure Injury Root Cause Analysis Template The NPUAP RCA Template can help identify the cause of a pressure injury by offering systematic way to review timeline events.
Comparative Chart: Arterial, Venous or Lymphedema Wounds. Leg wounds can have separate and/or mixed etiologies and can present on the same areas of the lower leg and foot. This chart is a bit overwhelming, but can be a great resource for an in depth understanding of the different wound types.
I hope you find these tools useful. Please comment if you think these are helpful or if you have used any of these with success already.