Wound care

EWMA symposium report: Examining how pain and trauma impacts patient quality of life and treatment costs

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, May 16 2013Posted in: Wound care

The audience at the EWMA symposium

Several hundred EWMA delegates attended the Mölnlycke Health Care symposium, to better understand the clinicians view on NPWT related pain and trauma, and its impact on cost and quality of life.

New economic data was presented to wound care professionals which challenged them to see how focusing on price per unit could be costly, and could also be affecting their patients’ quality of life.

Professor Upton opened the symposium. He discussed how clinicians need to better understand why they should focus on minimising unnecessary patient suffering - because pain and the anticipation of pain will affect patients’ quality of life, as well as possibly the healing of the wound.

Dr Chadwick then discussed with the audience if the cost of patient pain and trauma could be quantified, and if so, would it make a critical input to the choice of dressing regimen? He explained that cost also has a human factor – the price of wound and tissue trauma and pain – and that if patients comfort is ignored, actual and overall treatment costs will increase.

The final symposium speaker was Rolf Jelnes, MD. He pointed out that decisions made with a per unit price perspective may be a very costly approach. He challenged the delegates to look beyond price, and to focus on total cost and patient experience.

Afterwards in the Mölnlycke Health Care booth, attendees were able to reflect on the symposium with all three speakers. Delegates that took this opportunity gave feedback indicating that the entire symposium had been interesting and relevant.

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