MolecuLight i:X will Provide Essential Real-Time Information to Assist Wound Care Plus’s Advanced Wound Care Consultants in Providing the Highest Quality Wound Care
Toronto, Canada and Midwest, USA – (December 10, 2020) MolecuLight Inc., the leader in point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of wounds containing bacteria, announced that Wound Care Plus, LLC, the largest mobile wound care provider in the US Midwest, has adopted the MolecuLight i:X point-of-care imaging device to be included as part of its standard of care services offered to the long-term care and extended care markets.
Long-term care (LTC) facilities have a disproportionately high rate of wounds and related infections1 compared to the general population. Skin and soft tissue infections are the third most common infection found in this care setting, with a high incidence rate of up to 2.1 cases/1000 resident days.2 Often, infections develop in these wounds due to delayed detection of high bacterial loads coupled with an immunocompromised population suppressing signs and symptoms of infection. Improving the detection of clinically significant levels of bacteria may limit the development of invasive or systemic infection in this vulnerable patient population.
“After a rigorous evaluation of our technology, we are thrilled to announce that Wound Care Plus, LLC has adopted the MolecuLight i:X as a standard-of-care to support their clients in long-term care and extended care facilities across 14 states”, says Anil Amlani, MolecuLight’s CEO. “This is yet another example of how the MolecuLight i:X device is complementing the clinical decision-making of wound care professionals – and ultimately helping to improve clinical outcomes within long-term care and extended care facilities”.
“Access to quality wound care is imperative in the long-term care and extended care setting,” says Martha R. Kelso RN, LNC, HBOT, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wound Care Plus, LLC. “We are often called into long-term care and extended care facilities to treat chronic non-healing wounds on clients with multiple major comorbidities and polypharmacy. This is usually after multiple failed courses of standard-of-care treatment. Our most vulnerable clients deserve the best care and resources we can offer. Having better diagnostic tools and advanced procedures improves our success in healing wounds, and reduces the need for amputations or premature end of life scenarios. Detecting bacterial presence while at the client bedside using the MolecuLight i:X has transformed how we care for our clients’ wounds. There is no guesswork, and no waiting on cultures to detect bacterial burden in the wound. The information we obtain on wound fluorescence has led to treatment plan changes in over 80% of wounds assessed. We often use sharp debridement to remove the bacteria and non-viable tissue, without reaching for antibiotics. Imaging with the MolecuLight i:X provides immediate information that helps us know if the bacteria was effectively removed or if additional treatment is needed.”
The MolecuLight i:X will become a standard point-of-care tool to be used by Wound Care Plus’s Advanced Wound Consultants across all of its operations in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin, and will provide real-time insights on hundreds of thousands of clients’ wounds in long-term care and extended care facilities. The image on the right shows a MolecuLight i:X image of a Wound Care Plus client’s wound captured at the point-of-care. Cyan fluorescence was observed in the image of the wound whose subsequent microbiology indicated the presence of Pseudomonas. This real-time information supported the Advanced Wound Consultant’s management of the wound including the decision to further debride the wound to remove the worrisome bacteria, and not prescribe antibiotics. “When we are able to eliminate antibiotics, we prevent unnecessary debilitating side effects from harming our vulnerable clients due to these medications and stop contributing to the Multi-Drug Resistant Organism that is rampant in healthcare. By adopting the MolecuLight i:X point-of-care imaging device for our aging and aged populations living with a chronic wound, it is a major accomplishment that will assist in the pathway to wound resolution”, affirms Kelso.
The MolecuLight i:X imaging procedure has a reimbursement pathway that includes two CPT® codes applicable in the long-term care and extended care setting for physician work to perform “fluorescence wound imaging for bacterial presence, location, and load”.
1LeBlanc K, Woo KY, VanDenKerkhof E, Woodbury MG. Skin tear prevalence and incidence in the long-term care population: a prospective study. J Wound Care. Jul. 1, 2020;29(Sup7): S16-S22.
2Nicolle LE. Infection control in long-term care facilities. Clin Infect Dis. Sep 2000;31(3):752-756.
* CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association
About MolecuLight Inc.
MolecuLight Inc. is a privately-owned medical imaging company that has developed and is commercializing its proprietary fluorescent imaging platform technology in multiple clinical markets. MolecuLight’s first commercially released device, the MolecuLight i:X fluorescence imaging system and its accessories provide a point-of-care handheld imaging device for the global wound care market for the detection of wounds containing elevated bacterial burden (when used with clinical signs and symptoms) and for digital wound measurement. The company is also commercializing its unique fluorescence imaging platform technology for other markets with globally relevant, unmet needs including food safety, consumer cosmetics and other key industrial markets.
About Wound Care Plus, LLC
Wound Care Plus, LLC is the largest mobile wound care provider in the Midwest USA including operations in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Our Advanced Mobile Wound Clinic On-Site Specialists diagnose wound and skin disorders, offer treatments, and procedures; they are “the advanced wound center brought to you!”. Wound Care Plus LLC provide services to long term care/skilled nursing facilities, long term acute care hospitals, wound centers, residential care facilities, group homes and assisted living facilities. They help guide facilities to provide better and more complete care by delivering wound care education, training, documentation, and consultation for wound care programs and quality assurance reviews, in addition to primary care for client wounds and skin ailments.