For community nurses faced with expanding case-loads and patients who are now being discharged earlier into the community, the sheer range of conditions they come across means that cost-effective and practical, clinically-effective solutions are at a premium. This is particularly true in wound care, where nurses in the community need products that can be used on a variety of wound types that are also cost-effective. This article looks at the range of wound care knowledge needed by generalist nurses, before focusing on one dressing in particular, Silflex® (Advancis Medical, Nottinghamshire). With its all-round versatility, Silflex provides a balance of usability and cost-effectiveness.
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Atopic eczema is a frustrating and complex skin condition that has no cure. However, with good support, education and the correct application of topical treatments it can be well-controlled. Community nurses can provide patients with information about their condition, how to apply their topical treatment effectively and how to manage flares and maintain a routine that will improve the eczema and the patient’s quality of life. Any information provided should be reinforced with written information and a treatment plan, with follow-up support offered as needed.
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