There are many benefits in using WoundSense and some of these are listed below. There are cost saving benefits and improvements in patient comfort.
|WoundSense capabilities||Corresponding benefits|
|Manages moisture measurement at the wound surface – without removing the dressing||
Patient comfort – where moisture is optimum dressing changes can be avoided sparing patients pain and trauma
|Can enhance clinical practice on decisions regarding dressing changes by providing diagnostic information on moisture or moisture changes in the wound non-invasively.||
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|Use of the sensor system and the 5 drop scale patient data sheet will indicate if exudate is increasing with time from the wound||Valuable indicator of potential change in wound status such as the onset of infection and allows you to intervene appropriately.|
|Promotes better community care during nurse visits||
Enhances the decision making information for busy community nurses in wound management, letting them monitor the patient effectively for dressing changes without changing the dressing to observe the wound on every visit.
|Measures that a wound is starting to dry out||
Dryness indicates need for care on dressing removal and the need to scale down to a lighter wound coverage or add moisture if wound has dried too early.
|Monitors moisture level at wound bed checked while leaving wound undisturbed||
Allows wound healing stages to continue undisturbed.
|Promotes cost effectiveness||
Monitoring moisture and moisture levels against time allows better dressing selection.
|Reassurance that advanced dressing is in functional range||
Many advanced moisture control dressings such as silver or alginate dressings need to be moist to be scientifically functional.
|Assists in wound management for patient discharge from hospital||
Patient hospital stays are often extended to ensure that the wound has reached a moderate level of exudate discharge and that the need for dressing changes is not too frequent. Use of the 5 drop scale data sheet can clearly indicate when a wound is settling into moderate levels of dressing changes and enhance the efficiency of the discharge decision.
|Can support palliative care or chronic wound care||
Improves quality of life for patients needing long term wound management. Many of these patients are reluctant to leave home environments as they worry about dressing
leakage. WoundSense meters can be left with trained carers or patients to allow them to check moisture status.
|Provides a record of wound care||
The WoundSense data recording sheet for a patient can show that the wound moisture status was checked regularly. This is important for proof of clinical care if a patient’s wound management is questioned.