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T.I.M.E. Clinical Decision Support Tool
Wound Care management is a key Nursing function. There are a plethora of products on the market that are strenuously marketed to clinicians by the various producers. It can become very confusing when deciding the best product for the client’s situation. Not only do Nurses have to sieve through the advertising product hype but they are also constrained by the products their organisation stock or what their clients can afford.
The T.I.M.E Clinical Decision Support Tool aims to aid the assessment process and support consistency of care.
In Australia, evidence suggests approximately AUD3.5bn is spent on the costs associated with caring and treating patients with wounds (McCosker et al, 2019).
Wound assessment has been shown to be the most important skill in wound management. The ability to correctly classify the wound and prescribe the best product to achieve the right outcome for the client requires specialist knowledge and skill. Nurses make up over 50% of all the professional staff who work within the health care system, and by numbers alone, should have the greatest influence on wound management initiatives.
Nurses in Australia and New Zealand appeared to have better knowledge of these concepts than nurses in regions such as the UK, Europe and North America (Davies et al, 2019).
The diversity of areas of clinical practice and the aforementioned access to various product types impacts the individual Nurses ability to undertake effective wound management. Organisations endeavour to minimise the problem by introducing a variety of wound assessment tools to enhance consistency and product use but this has shown not to be terribly successful.
The T.I.M.E. concept was first introduced in 2003 and has been modified a number of times till now. The T.I.M.E Clinical Support Tool uses an ABCDE approach to enhance clinical decision making.
The study you will read put the concept to the test and concluded that the T.I.M.E Clinical Support Tool was beneficial in providing consistency of care and supporting clinical decision making for health care professionals who were not wound care specialist.
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