(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Wound Management and Prevention initiative launched by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)'s Home Healthcare Services (HHCS) in 2008 is positively impacting patients' quality of life and reducing stress on the system by providing services to patients outside of the hospital setting.
In recent years, wound care has become one of the fastest-growing requirements for home healthcare services in Qatar. Providing wound care in patients' homes smooths the transition from care provided in the hospital setting and helps ease pressure on inpatient and emergency services.
'The HHCS multidisciplinary approach for wound management was launched due to increased community demand and is an important part of HMC's strategy to decentralise services. The homecare model helps ease pressure on our emergency services and our outpatient clinics. It also helps reduce the number of hospital admissions, said Dr Essa Mubarak al-Sulaiti, medical director of HHCS.
The HHCS currently cares for more than 1,600 patients across Qatar. According to Dr al-Sulaiti, patients are visited according to their individualised plan of care by a multidisciplinary team. Dr al-Sulaiti said the service has undergone a transformation in recent years, transitioning from a nursing-care model to incorporate physicians and specialty-care clinicians.
'We have a comprehensive strategy to improve the range of services provided to patients in their home and are continuing to increase the number of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals serving in different specialties, said Dr al-Sulaiti.
Antonia Limpiada, assistant executive director of nursing with the HHCS, said the wound management initiative has reduced patients' daily visits to outpatient clinics, adding that the services provide care to both paediatric and adult patients with complex wounds.
'The Home Healthcare Service has four subspecialty wound care nurses who oversee and manage the programme. Our service not only cares for patients requiring specialised treatment but we also ensure that patients receive the appropriate education to care for themselves and to avoid future complications. Since the start of our service, we have seen a decrease in hospital admissions for wound management, added Limpiada.
Homecare services are available daily from 7am to 8pm for any patient who meets the service's criteria. HHCS, which is based in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, has satellite locations in Al Khor and Al Wakrah.