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Back to the basics of wound care: why nurses should question their practice

Back to the basics of wound care: why nurses should question their practice

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.

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