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Wound care

A guide to removing surgical staples

The body is capable of regenerating certain types of cells, such as epithelial cells and this is considered the most effective method of healing, as the regenerated tissue retains the same...

Assessment of diabetic foot ulcers: back to basics

The risk of developing a DFU is influenced by both individual patient characteristics and specific foot-related factors (Table 2). A foot categorised as ‘at risk’ necessitates increased levels of...

Wound care in hard-to-reach populations: rough sleepers

‘People sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or...

Nurses' wound care competency in a sample of hospitals in Northern Vietnam

In all, 518 participants completed the study, the general characteristics of subjects are presented in Table 2. The majority of participants were young, average age was 32.25±7.31; with women...

Frugal innovation in wound care: a critical discussion of what we can learn from low-resource settings

While the NHS has a track record of creating and implementing innovations, it is less positive when adopting and diffusing them (Bamford et al, 2017). Despite the introduction of the NHS Long Term...

Considerations in wound care of patients living with dementia

While older people are generally at a higher risk of sustaining wounds, the Alzheimer's Society (2016) has identified further impediments to wound healing experienced by PLWD. These include:.

A deep-dive thematic analysis of low-harm hospital-acquired pressure ulcers

Not all NHS organisations perform root cause analysis (RCA) investigations for low-harm HAPUs. However, in the author's experience, organisations that embrace all available learning from these...

The assessment and management of hypergranulation

Granulation tissue forms in the proliferation phase of wound healing (Figure 1). Granulation comprises newly growing capillaries from the base of the wound and leads to the formation of new blood...

The what, who, why and how of skin tears in the community and care homes

Older people can experience a variety of skin problems including skin tears, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and oedema. The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) (https://tinyurl.com/rqh5kfw)...

Antimicrobial stewardship in wound care

‘The right antibiotic, for the right patient, at the right time, with the right dose, and the right route, causing the least harm to the patient and future patients.’ .

Development of the Wound Resource Education Nurse (WREN) programme

The WREN programme is open to health professionals, healthcare assistants and link practitioners who are enthusiastic and willing to develop their knowledge and skills within tissue viability..

The management of malignant lower limb ulcers: clinical considerations

The wide variation in malignant ulcers adds to the complexity of establishing a clinical diagnosis. As such, a methodological approach to skin ulcers can provide clues suggestive of a malignant...

Challenges faced by nurses in complying with aseptic non-touch technique principles during wound care: a review

The purpose of this review is to identify the challenges that nurses face in applying the principles of ANTT during wound-care practice..

Moisture-associated skin damage: use of a skin protectant containing manuka honey

Moisture-associated skin damage is a common problem in healthcare settings, where the skin is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time. This describes any damage to the skin due to moisture...

Properties and use of a honey dressing and gel in wound management

Revamil wound dressing (polyacetate sheet dressing impregnated with pure honey) and Revamil gel, a hydrophilic wound gel consisting of 100% honey that is marketed as enzyme rich with a low pH of 3.5,...

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