Wound Care Nursing
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Debridement can aid the wound-healing process; where it does not occur naturally careful assessment is needed to ensure the correct method is chosen
Skin tears can become chronic wounds if they are not treated appropriately, and are a growing problem as the number of older people increases.
“You have to understand GP practices are businesses, and have to operate in that way as making money is one of their priorities.”
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One in 10 patients entering an acute hospital develops a health-care-associated infection, 9% of which are wound infections (DH, 2003). The annual cost of treating such infections puts an additional burden on limited NHS resources. This article discusses current thinking on dealing with infected wounds and highlights methods of preventing cross-infection.