Straight up surgical wound guidance

I get many questions on venous devices and whether they are current surgical wound … Here is CMS’s official guidance.

From CMS: An implanted venous access device is considered a current surgical wound as long as it is implanted in the patient’s body. When first implanted, the incision is the surgical wound. The assessing clinician will follow the 12/09 WOCN guidance to determine the healing status of the incision. Once it is fully epithelialized, the site due to the implanted device will remain a current surgical wound with a status of “Newly epithelialized” for as long as it is present in the patient’s body, unless it later develops complications.

Looking for the official guidance? Look at CMS’s OASIS Q&A, Category 4b, Q105.3.

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