When they asked Willie Sutton, the bank robber, why he robbed banks, he replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” If you want to find a patient with PAD, start in the waiting room of the wound center.
…if only we had the support of CMS and the CDC!
This patient has one of the chronic condition “triads” that Medicare fears most.
What will happen to him under an “episode of care” model of wound care? When did his wound care episode begin? When does it end?
Have you asked yourself why some patients with lymphedema have profound skin changes and others do not, and that lymphedema in the setting of venous occlusion is so much more likely to lead to ulceration than lymphatic occlusion in the absence of venous disease?
Now anyone can see it.
The exact cause of the disease is unknown.