Tissue Viability Specialist

A tissue viability specialist provides prevention and management advice for a variety of complex wounds.

What is a tissue visibility specialist?

A tissue viability specialist covers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds caused by surgery, trauma, pressure, ulcerating cancers and leg ulceration.

They provide a specialist service for patients to prevent and manage a wide variety of complex wounds including:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Leg ulcers
  • Fungating wounds
  • Diabetic/neuropathic foot ulcers
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Non-healing wounds.

What does a tissue viability nurse do?

A tissue viability nurse provides knowledge and advice on complex wound management and prevention to patients and multidisciplinary care team colleagues. They give expert opinion and advice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for pressure ulcers and tissue damage.

A tissue viability nurse treats wounds that require specialist knowledge and skills and provides seamless wound care.

They will develop policies, protocols and clinical guidelines and conduct auditing to monitor the effectiveness of current practice.

When would you refer to the tissue viability team?

A healthcare professional can refer any patient with a complex wound to the tissue viability team.

Patients who may be referred include those requiring:

  • pressure ulcer prevention and management
  • management of leg ulceration
  • management of traumatic injuries and complex non-healing wounds.

What does the practice of tissue viability care include?

The practice of tissue viability care is made up of teams of specialist tissue viability nurses and doctors. Services may include a vascular assessment, tissue biopsy and histology, and the removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue of wounds to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.

Tissue viability care aims to prevent the development of skin wounds or to effectively treat those that do occur.

What are the costs to see a tissue viability specialist?

The costs to see a tissue viability specialist will depend on your wound type, your specialist and your chosen Ramsay hospital.

Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. Medical insurance policies usually cover tissue viability care. We advise you to obtain written authorisation from your insurance provider before your care.

We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your tissue viability care yourself. These include interest-free finance that requires no deposit and allows you to make monthly instalments at 0% interest. Ramsay offers all-inclusive care packages with unlimited aftercare, so your tissue viability specialist may be covered in your package.

What is the recovery process of a tissue viability specialist?

The recovery process of the wound care provided by a tissue viability specialist will depend on the extent and complexity of your wound or ulceration. Elderly people, those in general ill health or patients who have poor lifestyles may have slower healing rates. Some wounds are chronic or non-healing.

Tissue Viability Specialist at Ramsay Health Care

Ramsay Health Care is pleased to offer patients with slow-healing or non-healing chronic wounds, an expert tissue viability specialist service to support their wound care.

We understand that living with a wound can be very difficult and painful and impact your whole life, including your work, mobility, sleep and relationships. Our tissue viability specialists can provide support for most wound types including leg and pressure ulcers, trauma wounds and chronic surgical wounds.

The specialist nurse will undertake an assessment and develop an expert, patient-centred treatment plan to manage your wound and prevent it getting any worse.


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