Focused Wound Care Handoff Improves Burn Center Physician-Nursing Communication and Wound Care Education

Sohayla Rostami, Qingwen Kawaji, Stephanie Lynne Martinez, Tomer Lagziel, Rowena Orosco, Carolina de Jesus Flores, Charles Scott Hultman, Julie Caffrey

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Burn patients require changing wound care routines dependent on wound characteristics and operative interventions. Order discrepancies on electronic medical systems and poor communication between providers leads to incorrect wound care treatment which can be harmful to the complex burn patient. By dedicating a daily wound care discussion for each patient involving integral components of the team: physician, charge nurse, and wound care technicians, enhanced communication amongst team members and improved patient care was noted. A single-center burn unit conducted pre- and postintervention survey of nursing staff measuring various components of wound care. The time spent on the wound care discussions were measured daily. Additional time required to conduct the rounds were minimal with nurse reported increased clarification in patient care without additional work burden. Thus, focused wound care meetings assist with communication between providers, clarification of wound care needs, and avoidance of errors without increasing strain on the team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-256
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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