I've worked as aTVN for 14yrs. I still find pressure ulcers an embarresment & wish more nurses did too!
My background was Plastic Surgery so I'm used to dealing with acute and chronic wounds.
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Brave student nurse - well done!
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A concern which I have raised regulalry in my Trust is that its the acuity of the patients which needs to be considered, not just numbers.
I read the above comments with interest, I can only presume these colleagues work in areas of excellent practice with a negligable pressure ulcer incidence?
I for one do feel this was a valuable piece of research and provides the foundation for mandatory practice which is lacking in some Trusts and nursing/residential homes. While some research is meaningless, I don't think this can be counted as such.
Anonymous above has the nub of the matter, how can repositioning be robustly examined as a preventative means, when not repositioning patients would be unethical.
Perhaps Cochrane should be examining other means of recognising/evaluating some aspects of Tissue Viability practice instead of producing a document, which tells us what we already know?
I agree with Richard, this equipment provides the possibility for early discharge of patients with a sealed wound device. You would think a 'no- brainer'.
Perhaps time Cochrane came down from the tower and got down and dirty with us on the shop floor? Hierachy of evidence is all well and good, but many of us realise its application within wound management precludes the very patients we should be investigating