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Developing an Outpatient Wound Care Clinic in an Acute Rehabilitation Setting


  • Diane Dudas Sheehan ND CNP APN CRRN FNP-BC,

    Nurse Practitioner, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Diane Dudas Sheehan, ND CPN APN CRRN FNP-BC, is a certified nurse practitioner at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

  • Mary H. Zeigler MS CRRN CWOCN APN

    Clinical Nurse SpecialistSearch for more papers by this author
    • Mary H. Zeigler, MS CRRN CWOCN APN, is a clinical nurse specialist at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.


People with disability are at high risk for skin breakdown, which requires ongoing prevention and management. An outpatient rehabilitation wound clinic was developed to handle a variety of acute and chronic wounds for this unique population. This article describes how two advanced practice nurses proposed the idea for the wound care clinic and formulated a business plan, which was critical to successfully administering an outpatient wound care service. Essential components of the businness plan included the goals, scope of service, professional practice model, benefits, rationale, marketing analysis, predicted volumes, regulatory imperatives, and financial needs.