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Welcome to a new partnership

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VOL: 98, ISSUE: 25, PAGE NO: 49

Eileen Shepherd, RGN, DipN;Mark Collier, BA, RNT, RCNT, ONC, RN

I can remember clearly the first wound I dressed. The patient, who had been hospitalised for several months following a stroke, had a long-standing leg ulcer. Her wound had been cleaned for several weeks with hydrogen peroxide and dressed with a dry dressing. It is not surprising that the wound had shown no signs of healing since the patient was admitted.

I can remember clearly the first wound I dressed. The patient, who had been hospitalised for several months following a stroke, had a long-standing leg ulcer. Her wound had been cleaned for several weeks with hydrogen peroxide and dressed with a dry dressing. It is not surprising that the wound had shown no signs of healing since the patient was admitted.

Wound care has changed significantly since the late 1970s and we now have access to a sophisticated range of products. However, the key issues for many nurses remain - that is updating their knowledge and being aware of current research and evidence to support their practice. Nurses need to be able to apply their knowledge to clinical practice and make informed decisions about how to manage wounds effectively.

Nursing Times has, for many years, supported nurses in this goal through the publication of the NTplus Wound Care Supplement. However, this issue of NTplus is different - it is a new beginning. For the first time Nursing Times has joined forces with the Leg Ulcer Forum to produce this and future issues. As the new supplements editor I value the support and expertise that the Leg Ulcer Forum provides and by collaboration we aim to publish a supplement that is informative, innovative and keeps you up to date with new developments in the field of wound care.

We would also like to hear from you about developments in wound care and we are happy to consider articles, including case studies, original research and review papers for publication.

A word from the LUF chair
On a personal note, may I take this opportunity to say how pleased I was to be associated with the NTplus Wound Care Supplement when it was produced in conjunction with the Wound Care Society, who must take credit for its initial development and good quality over recent years, and say how pleased I am therefore that both I and the Leg Ulcer forum have the opportunity to continue to develop this supplement to facilitate your needs from such a solid foundation.

I look forward to welcoming you as a member of the LUF in the not too distant future and to corresponding with you on many occasions regarding matters either to do with the LUF or the NTplus Wound Care Supplement.

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