In my previous column, Your Wound Care Department Checklist for 2015, I provided you with a CORE (CORE is a proprietary analytical process developed by the author) outline and checklist to assist in improving your processes this year. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive but a strategic starting point for you to begin mapping your process. What is important is your checklist and goals for this New Year. To help you get started, let’s take this concept one more step forward and look at the importance of tracking, monitoring, and measuring the work in your department.
The process of tracking growth is fundamental to any business unit including the hospital-owned outpatient wound care department. Managing your budget, product formulary, adjunctive therapy usage (such as cell- and tissue-based products, negative-pressure wound therapy devices, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy), staffing, and more are critical to the bottom line. These operational items are one aspect that impacts the financial success of the department. But, if aspects like these are not tracked and managed properly, the fiscal health suffers.
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An excerpt from an article originally published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, written by Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, VP and Chief Clinical Officer at Net Health