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Managing wound sinuses

VOL: 98, ISSUE: 02, PAGE NO: 63Martyn Butcher, RGN, is tissue viability clinical nurse specialist, Plymouth Hospitals NHS TrustThe drainage of significant levels of fluid from a wound always raises the question of its origin. High levels of exudate result from infection or bacterial colonisation, the presence of necrotising tissue or underlying medical conditions, such as congestive cardiac failure.

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