Building a multidisciplinary hospital-based wound care center: Nuts and bolts

Paul J. Kim, Christopher E. Attinger, John S. Steinberg, Karen K. Evans, Cameron Akbari, Carol Deane Benedict Mitnick, Kelly K. Johnson-Arbor, Brinder Singh

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Background: A hospital-based wound care center provides an important platform for the multidisciplinary approach to wound care. The colocation of specialists is an ideal working environment for the effcient delivery of quality care of the complex wound through daily communication and shared resources. Methods: We describe the critical components necessary in building a hospitalbased wound care center. Furthermore, the experience at the authors' institution in developing the multidisciplinary approach is discussed. Results: Readily available ancillary services, specially trained personnel, continuum of care from the outpatient clinic to admission to surgery, and inpatient and outpatient post operative care all contribute to a process that is especially amenable to the care of the complex wound. Conclusions: The fnal goal is to return the patient to the best quality of life achievable given his or her wound or disability. The aim of this study is to present the authors' experiences and provide insight for others who may want to build this model within their institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241S-247S
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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