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Decision Making in Wound Management& the Use of SMART Objective Setting in Treatment Planning to Improve Patient Outcomes
  • Francine Nutt
  • Community Practice Teacher
  • (Shropshire England)
session content
Session content
  • What factors influence our clinical decision making?
  • Treatment planning – how well do we do it?
  • SMART objective setting in treatment planning
  • How can we ensure a consistent approach to clinical treatment for our patients?
  • Wound management decisions
what influences our decision making in wound care
What influences our decision making in wound care?
  • Our personal level of knowledge/ understanding/confidence/experience
  • What’s available within the care environment
  • Access to wound management information (i.e. Wound formularies? Product info leaflets?)
  • Custom/Practice/Culture of the organisation
  • Time available
  • A clear treatment plan
treatment plans are they useful
Treatment plans – are they useful?
  • Treatment Plan A
  • Problem
  • Wound on L leg
  • Treatment Objectives
  • To heal
  • Treatment Plan
  • Hydrogel
  • Absorbent Pad
  • Stockinette
  • Evaluation
  • Static
treatment plan b
Treatment Plan B
  • Problem
  • 8 week history of wound above L ankle - 4cm x 5cm tenacious slough
  • with moderate exudate levels - bilateral leg oedema with dry skin plaques.
  • Treatment Objectives
  • Ascertain suitability for compression therapy.
  • Remove slough to reveal wound bed
  • Rehydrate dry skin areas and protect wound margins from further breakdown
  • Manage exudate levels.
  • Treatment Plan
  • Vascular assessment with doppler test within 7 days (repeated 3 monthly)
  • Re-measure/photograph next visit and thereafter every 4 weeks
  • Re-dress twice weekly
  • Wash legs using dermol soap substitute. Remove loose skin plaques.
  • Cavilon film to proximal skin. Cetraben emollient knee to toe (3 pumps per leg)
  • Actiform cool to sloughy wound bed both backing films removed –trimmed to provide 1cm overlap to wound margins
  • Cover with 10 x 10cm Eclypse pad held with actifast blue line toe to knee
  • Compression system – (K-Two)
  • Evaluation
  • Vascular Assessment confirms suitability for full compression therapy.
  • (Commenced K-Two)
how can we ensure a consistent approach
How can we ensure a consistent approach?
  • Thorough Assessment Documentation
  • Clear treatment objectives which are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timed)
  • Patient in full agreement with treatment plan
  • Professional respect for other team members decisions
  • Timely evaluation of treatment provided, to ensure you are on track to achieve set treatment goals
key elements of an objective
  • An objective:
  • Is a specific and measurable description of the required treatment
  • Describes the intended result – the ”how much or what by when”
  • Is jointly agreed and prioritised between the service user and the nurse.
  • Should be set at the beginning of the care episode.
  • Should be reviewed regularly to ensure relevance to care needs
  • Provides a framework of measurable performance standards for care interventions within an agreed timescale.
benefits of objective setting
  • It provides clear direction for all nursing team members and the patient
  • It allows progress to be monitored and measured by the team.
  • It helps build good relationships between the patient & the nursing team and improves overall communication
  • Helps to focus on a specific task
  • Helps to prioritise care interventions
  • Promotes regular and meaningful evaluation of care interventions
  • Enables success to be measured
clinical decision making process when selecting woundcare treatment
Clinical Decision Making Process When Selecting Woundcare Treatment
  • Holistic Assessment to optimise treatment for co-morbidities and to accommodate patient’s personal assessed needs
  • Wound Assessment
  • Define and prioritise treatment objectives
  • Ensure patient’s preferences are fully considered
  • Identify performance criteria required from dressing/products and select the most appropriate that meet all identified requirements
  • Timely Reviews as treatment objectives will invariably alter as wound progresses/ deteriorates
what are our priorities here
What are our priorities here?
  • Identify and maximise treatment for any co-morbidities, think how these may affect treatment options.
  • Utilise a systematic wound assessment process (i.e. TIME)
  • What are the treatment priorities and what is the patients perspective on these
  • Consideration of what wound management options best meet the identified criteria to achieve treatment objectives
  • Patient information re course of action
  • Setting review date
how about this
How about this?
  • Pressure/friction relief
  • Pain relief
  • Debride?
  • Protect surrounding skin
  • Manage exudate
  • Risk Assessment esp. mobility issues
and this
And this?
  • Malignancy – palliative
  • Patient’s preferences
  • Dignity issues
  • Body image
  • Malodour
  • Exudate management
  • End of life planning
justifying our decisions
Justifying our decisions
  • How comfortable are we in detailing the rationale for our treatment decisions?
  • How do we feel when colleagues question our decisions?
  • Do we actively strive to improve our knowledge of how wound care products work and how they can interact with each other
decision making is a complex skill
Decision making is a complex skill
  • Be your own critic…. question yourself
  • Take time to reflect on decisions you have made… could the outcome have been different - better/worse
  • Embrace a student……
  • There is never only one course of action/intervention
  • A ‘good’ decision can only be reached if all the component issues are actively considered
  • Thanks for listening and remember….. effective decision making can be empowering..............
  • I would like to share with you a decision I made recently