I understand about the wound care formulary. My home care agency developed one based on input from our CETN's, Nrsg mgmt and field staff on wound care committee.
We had been dealing with Sterling Medical for several years for office nursing supplies and chose them as our wound care DME supplier. Due to the cost of supplies, we develped supply list formulary based on wound stages. We have three different products that the nurses can chose from listed that are appropriate for each stage. Difficult wounds or unusual ones are referred to CETN on admission for review. Nurses are encouraged to have CETN see patients q 1-2 months for review. We also have wound care center associated with our hospital for whirlpool/debridement as indicated.
This week we are having a WOUND CARE FAIR as a way of documenting wound care competency. All nurses have signed up for 1 hr blocks. Several different stations are set up for nurses to demonstrate measuring and product selection; how to use specialty products eg VAC system and review our protocals.
Check out Sterling Medical Services website. Since this is an independent DME company, you will not receive pressure to use just one company's products...you can choose what you have seen work for your patients. Another nice feature is you can order just ONE item at a time to see how it works---without wasting a whole box supplies. They also will do cost reports too. I'm sure there are other suppliers out there doing the same thing.
They ship products UPS.
Sterling Medical Services http://www.sterlingmedical.com/
is a national full line provider of disposable medical products including wound care, ostomy, urological, and diabetic supplies. Program services include data collection and management that monitor product utilization and patient outcomes. These programs provide a unique analysis of wound outcome and their relationship to other patient variables.
Check out their Home Health Programs:
"As part of our SterlingSolutionsTM program, we provide the resources necessary to assist your agency in developing and implementing wound, ostomy, continence, and diabetic protocol programs. We then provide a constant monitoring system to ensure compliance. Monthly reporting is provided to ensure economic and healing outcomes. "