Because chronic wounds typically take months to heal, even with the most effective therapies, patients undergoing active treatment are scheduled for regular follow-up visits to Winthrop's outpatient wound healing clinic. If needed, patients may undergo additional surgical debridement procedures, usually in the form of day surgery. Photographs of their wounds are taken at each visit to monitor their wound’s healing process—an innovation pioneered by Dr. Brem and his colleagues. This photographic record is incorporated into the patient’s Online Wound Electronic Medical Record (OWEMR), another one of our program’s innovations, that consolidates all key information about the patient’s health status into a single-screen computer document. This information is continually available to all relevant caregivers, who also receive automatic alerts if a patient’s condition shows signs of worsening—ensuring that ongoing treatment is provided in timely and effective fashion.
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Once their wound heals successfully, our patients will continue to receive follow-up preventive care—including, in the case of patients with diabetes, consultation with a podiatrist, who will instruct them on how to care for their feet and select appropriate footwear in order to avoid diabetic foot ulcers. Additionally, we connect our diabetic patients with diabetes educators who can provide them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to manage their diabetes and avoid complications. All of our patients are also referred to nutritional counselors for advice on how to maintain a diet that will promote optimal overall health and minimize the chances of developing another chronic wound.