IMPLEMENTING A MECHANICAL DEBRIDEMENT PROTOCOL PROCESS IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Within Intermountain Healthcare, a large care delivery system, we are always looking for ways to improve patient outcomes, shorten wound healing times, and help patients decrease pain and improve healing. Given the many methods of debridement available, we decided to utilize the monofilament debriding pads prior to seeing the wound clinic physician.
A survey was done to determine if the use of these mechanical debriding pads was effective. Nurses and technicians both felt they were not beneficial. On further evaluation, we found that the pads were not being used correctly, according to manufactures guidelines.