Achieving effective patient outcomes with PolyMem® Silicone Border
Clinicians are under increasing pressure to provide high-quality patient outcomes at a reduced cost. Increasingly, community staff must acquire knowledge on advanced wound care products to cope with the growing caseload demands. This article describes the use of PolyMem® dressings to reduce pain, inflammation, oedema and bruising and their ability to debride and absorb exudate while providing an optimum healing environment. The PolyMem range includes multifunctional dressings for various painful chronic wounds. This article also presents five case studies with particularly good patient outcomes where PolyMem dressings were the primary dressing. All five patients were holistically assessed to enable consistent evidence-based treatment decisions. In four cases, the new PolyMem Silicone Border dressing was used. The patients found the PolyMem Silicone Border dressing comfortable and gentle on removal even when the skin was extremely fragile. The right dressing used at the right time on the right patient can improve patient outcomes.
Wound management continues to present complex challenges for clinicians, and numerous factors are involved in achieving appropriate and effective wound care (Gibson and Stephens, 2013). Several national frameworks have been introduced to improve patient outcomes, efficiencies and cost effectiveness, while addressing suboptimal wound care, including the National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) (2020), Getting it Right First Time (NHS Improvement, 2017) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (NHS England, 2021).
Every year, new products are introduced into the dressings market. As far back as 2017/2018, the annual cost to the NHS for managing wounds was £8.3 billion, of which £2.7 billion and £5.6 billon were the costs associated with managing healed and unhealed wounds, respectively (Guest et al, 2020). Therefore, cost effectiveness and measurable clinical outcomes have become a strategic focus, although cost is not the only issue that should be considered when choosing a dressing; patient acceptability of the products is equally important. Wound treatment modalities should be selected based not only on their ability to facilitate healing but also on their impact on patient quality of life (QoL) (Kapp et al, 2018).
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