Smith+Nephew sponsored research shows COVID-19 has accelerated patient involvement in chronic wound care which can be supported by advanced foams such as ALLEVYN(TM) LIFE Dressing

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LONDON, April 30, 2021 -- Smith+Nephew (NYSE:SNN; LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, announces the publication of new research showing that clinicians estimated that 45% of their patients with chronic wounds would benefit from greater involvement in their care, and half of these clinicians believed this would enable them to spend more time with other patients.1

The results of the research, published in Wounds International, concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic had been instrumental in providing a real-world opportunity for clinicians to better understand the benefits of greater patient shared care.

Clinicians reported a decline in home visits and an increase in remote care via digital communication tools such as video calls, text and email.1 They also claimed to have used alternative dressings or therapies that reduced the frequency of dressing changes.1 Some expressed a concern that when patients are involved in their care they don't change the wound dressing at the right frequency.2 Advanced features such as absorbency and exudate management, present in Smith+Nephew's ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings, were rated as most important when choosing a foam.2

Practitioner attitudes towards encouraging shared care varied globally; in China, the UK and the USA, shared care is a more established approach than in France and Germany, where care is predominately nurse-led. The findings indicate that even clinicians who are positive toward shared care require support to identify patients who can share care, and practical tools are needed to facilitate this approach to service delivery.

"It is important to remember that shared care does not mean less care for the patient, rather it is simply an alternative approach that has been shown to be beneficial to clinicians, patients and care providers," said Zena Moore, Professor of Nursing and Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery and Director of the Skin Wounds and Trauma Research Centre, Royal College of Surgeons, University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ireland. "This transition is set to continue beyond the pandemic so the timing is right to gain consensus from the international wound care community on how to support effective strategies that can expedite greater patient involvement. Understanding the individual needs and extent to which patients are able to share care is critical."

"We welcome the results of this survey," said Cathy Dalene, SVP Global Marketing, Advanced Wound Management, Smith+Nephew. "It suggests that clinicians require support to identify the patients who can appropriately share care, and the wound care industry can play a role in supporting nurses and patients. We are committed to bringing together key opinion leaders and finding practical solutions to increasing patient engagement and reduce the human and economic consequence of wounds."

A total of 511 HCPs globally who treat chronic wounds in a community setting were surveyed.

Shared care involves the establishment of partnerships between professionals and patients in which they share a common goal. Examples are an improvement in the health of a patient where there is patient empowerment to take a major degree of responsibility for their own care.3

ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings with EXULOCK(TM) Advanced Lock-in Technology provide effective exudate management,4-7 and high levels of patient comfort.6,7 The EXUMASK(TM) Change Indicator helps patients and carers take ownership of wounds,6 whilst simultaneously providing high patient satisfaction and confidence through fewer dressing changes.7-9

To learn more about ALLEVYN LIFE Dressings please visit www.smith-nephew.com/onemoreday

References

  1. Moore Z, Coggins T. Clinician attitudes to shared-care and perceptions on the current extent of patient engagement in wound care: Results of a clinician survey. Wounds International. 2021;12;48-53.
  2. Data on file.
  3. World Union of Wound Healing Societies (2020) Optimising wound care through patient engagement. London: Wounds International. Available at: www.woundsinternational.com Tiscar-Gonz?lez V, Rodriguez MJM, Rabad?n Sainz C, et al. Clinical and economic impact of wound care using a polyurethane foam multi-layer dressing versus standard dressings on delayed healing ulcers. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2021;34(1):23-30.
  4. Smith+Nephew 2012. Simulated Wound Model Testing of ALLEVYN Life and Mepilex Border. Internal Report. DS/12/130/DOF.
  5. Stephen-Haynes J, Bielby A, Searle R. The clinical performance of a silicone foam in an NHS community trust. Journal of Community Nursing. 2013;27(5):50-59.
  6. Simon D, Bielby A. A structured collaborative approach to appraise the clinical performance of a new product. Wounds UK. 2014;10(3):80-87.
  7. Rossington A, Drysdale, K, and Winter R. Clinical performance and positive impact on patient wellbeing of ALLEVYN Life. Wounds UK. 2013;9(4):91-95.
  8. Joy H, Bielby A, Searle R. A collaborative project to enhance efficiency through dressing change practice. J Wound Care. 2015 Jul;24(7):312, 314-7.
  9. Tiscar-Gonz?lez V, Rodriguez MJM, Rabad?n Sainz C, et al. Clinical and economic impact of wound care using a polyurethane foam multi-layer dressing versus standard dressings on delayed healing ulcers. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2021;34(1):23-30.

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About Smith+Nephew
Smith+Nephew is a portfolio medical technology business that exists to restore people's bodies and their self-belief by using technology to take the limits off living. We call this purpose 'Life Unlimited'. Our 18,000 employees deliver this mission every day, making a difference to patients' lives through the excellence of our product portfolio, and the invention and application of new technologies across our three global franchises of Orthopaedics, Advanced Wound Management and Sports Medicine & ENT.

Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, we now operate in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $4.6 billion in 2020. Smith+Nephew is a constituent of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). The terms 'Group' and 'Smith+Nephew' are used to refer to Smith & Nephew plc and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

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