Home Health Training: Implement an Effective Foot Care Program

Plus, discover more about formularies and protocols

The first step in saving limbs is to inspect feet and to implement a foot care program. Ensure that your patients should get into the habit of taking their shoes off.  Oasis-C is going to require home care providers to offer more information about wounds. Go through these expert tips and strategies provided by our expert in a home health conference.

Take a look at tops, bottoms, and in between toes. And as you are looking, teach patients about moisture control, proper cleansing, proper moisturizing, how they should be inspecting their feet.

Also if you can look at footwear, put your hands inside the shoe and feel for seams. Feel to see what's going on with that foot wear. Do a lot of education. Foot and nail care is important. You might want to get one of your home care nurses certified in foot and nail care because if your patient cannot get out to get foot and nail care done, it's worth it to do their nails so that you can prevent injury from long  nails that might cause wound that then you are charged with the task of. You also want to teach your patients obviously how to take their shoes and socks off every time they go to that doctor's office, our expert recommended in an assessment skill health system conference.

Have a Lean Formulary

It is so helpful if you have a lean formulary with about four products in it. Really value wound cleansing. Because if you understand how to use those and even when to combine them, then you can do actually with those four, you can do with excellent wound care on almost every wound you run across as per home health rules.  You've got to make sure that your clinicians understand that they've got to thoroughly cleanse the wound and that wound has before they even think about dressings.

Protocols Could Be Useful

Protocols are not always bad. But again, protocols hinge on your cure assessment. And most often the problem that you might see is inaccurate assessment and if the nurse inaccurately identified base tissue, then the patient's going to have the wrong goals and the wrong management plans.

Manufacturers develop protocols on a bad idea but they tend to be very product usage heavy. They're going to cost you money. So hopefully you've got someone with enough home health training in your agency that can evaluate these protocols and sort of to fine tune them so that they meet your needs in a cause effect way.

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