ConvaTec, a developer and marketer of medical technologies for community and hospital care, has reported that its Solutions Algorithms for Wound Care, an evidence-based wound assessment and treatment guideline, has been re-accepted by the US National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).
Solutions Algorithms for Wound Care was first accepted by the NGC in 2006 and remains the comprehensive set of content-validated wound care algorithms on the site. In the renewal process required by NGC every 3-5 years, ConvaTec has performed a systematic literature search, finding no changes to the algorithms were necessary.
Launched by ConvaTec more than a decade ago, Solutions Algorithms has been content-validated by both US and international wound experts. The Solutions Algorithms for Wound Care is a set of visual guidelines designed to help general health care professionals assess the wound characteristics that affect subsequent goal identification and treatment.
In addition to the Solutions Algorithms for Wound Care, ConvaTec has also developed Solutions Algorithm for Prevention. An integral part of this algorithm is the ‘1-2-3 System,’ which includes skin care products for bathing and cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting. In vitro testing demonstrated Sensi-Care and Aloe Vesta products are compatible with Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG)-based products, a common antiseptic used in health care settings to kill harmful bacteria.
Janice Beitz and Lia van Rijswijk of La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences who recently completed a study to assess if the Solutions Algorithms helped registered nurses provide optimal care, said: “Algorithms, concept maps, and decision trees are designed to help health care professionals’ decision-making. Because they can greatly affect the quality of patient care, it is imperative that their content and usage are research-based.”