At the ADVANCED Wound Care Consultation, we use a care pathway named RECOVER (See diagram). It is an evidence-based approach developed by our CEO & Founder Dr. Ide Costa during her doctoral research related to patients’ journey towards healing engagement in self-management and validated by wound experts and informed by her over 20 years of advanced wound care practice.
ENGAGEMENT IN SELF-MANAGEMENT
REASSESS AND DISCHARGE
REFERRAL – It starts with referral from general practitioner to a wound care specialist at the onset of the ulceration.
ENCOUNTER – In our first virtual encounter with patients and caregivers a comprehensive assessment is obtained to identify wounds etiology, risk factors and potential to heal.
COLLABORATION – We develop a care plan in collaboration with patients that addresses their needs, concerns, and preferences. We help patients to set realistic and achievable goals and teach problem-solving.
ONGOING FOLLOW-UPS – follow-ups involve re-assessment of the wound (photographs, measurements etc), dressing changes, and evaluation of healing progress .
VALIDATION – We validate the effectiveness of care plan with patients (and family/caregiver) to ensure it is working well and meeting their needs and expectations.
ENGAGEMENT – During this care pathway we apply an unique strategy developed by Dr. Costa to engage our patients in everyday self-management and enhance their confidence and autonomy to take care of their own health.
REASSESS AND DISCHARGE – The end point of our care pathway includes final assessment to ensure complete wound closure and client’s satisfaction with the outcome. A care plan for discharge is developed with patients.