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offer opportunities for new learning
and may lead to a solution that was
not initially obvious.
Patients should be placed at the
centre of their care and given the best
possible treatment, making them
likely to concord and benefit from
early healing and/or alleviation of
symptoms and the prevention
of complications.
It is obvious that practitioner
knowledge and skills have an impact
on patient concordance; the patient’s
access to effective compression should
not be restricted by the experience or
knowledge of their practitioner.
When a practitioner understands
the key principles of compression
bandaging, the types of products
available and their properties, their
ability to meet the patient’s needs
is enhanced.
This puts clinicians in a strong
position to improve productivity and
quality of care, use innovative practice,
and prevent patients’conditions from
deteriorating, and thus contribute in their
own way to the required cost-savings as
outlined in the QIPP agenda.
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