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There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. From grocery stores to doctors’ appointments, even the most essential of activities have a new approach. Even though times continue to change during COVID-19, wound care remains essential to many. At CūtisCare, we are taking every precaution possible to provide safe facilities.
The viral organism first reported in China at the end of 2019 is also known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or Sars-CoV-2. Spread through close contact, such as coughing or sneezing, or exposure, humans will develop symptoms within 14 days. Signs can include coughing, fever, or shortness of breath. There are many asymptomatic carriers and those who only show symptoms like those found in the common cold. While anyone is at risk of COVID-19, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and those in constant close contact with others are more susceptible.
Wound Care And COVID-19
Those who require or receive help from wound care technology and hyperbaric chambers are often more at risk to COVID-19 than others. While the line between essential and non-essential can be blurry, not providing wound care will not only cause negative consequences to patients but also more patients needing emergency care and exposing themselves to further risks. Without proper center management, patients are more at risk for amputations, grafts, infections, sepsis, and even death.
Those who may suffer from not receiving wound care include patients with:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Nonhealing Wounds
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Venous Insufficiency
One of the most important aspects of having a wound care center is keeping patients safe. One way CūtisCare guarantees the well-being of patients is by requiring proper sanitation training for all equipment and staff. We understand that those who seek out wound care are often at higher risk of COVID-19, so offering them a treatment that keeps them out of emergency rooms and as far away from exposure as possible is essential. With proper adherence to social distancing and temperature monitoring, among other measures, CūtisCare continues to put patient safety first.
Of course, it is necessary to work with our hospital partners to provide the safest and most beneficial wound care during these trying times. One way to help with this is by prioritizing patients who need advanced treatment modalities the most. High-risk patients such as those susceptible to infection, have necrotic tissue, or do not have proper wound care at home should be seen as soon as the center is able to provide care. Those who are able to receive home or nursing facility care for their wounds or have stable wounds can be rescheduled within two to six weeks, as needed.
The CūtisCare Promise
Keeping wound care centers open during COVID-19 is essential to provide quality care to your patients and your partnership with CūtisCare is a great way to guarantee that. For many patients, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy is genuinely vital to their recovery. Providing a safe environment for both patients and staff has always been part of the CūtisCare promise.
There is no doubt that the face of medicine is going to change due to COVID-19 for quite some time, if not forever. That does not mean that patients who require wound care treatments should go without. In fact, it could be detrimental to their health and result in unrepairable damage or amputation. With so many businesses and services being determined non-essential, it is important that wound care is not one of them. If our partners, wound center patients, or employees have any questions about the impact of COVID-19 on wound care, please call us today at (866)-844-4063.