Wound Care Nursing
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Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has created a quality-improvement scheme that gives nurses the opportunity to have their ideas put into practice with minimal delay
Skin tears can become chronic wounds if they are not treated appropriately, and are a growing problem as the number of older people increases.
Standardised aseptic technique training has improved nurses’ ability to prevent healthcare-associated infections in one hospital and led to better awareness of AT.
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On the 20 November it is the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2014.
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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.