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Improving wound care through reducing variation in practice

I have always been passionate about wound care and, as a practising district nurse, I learnt by experience and training to measure wounds, take photographs and undertake Doppler assessments (a non-invasive method to identify arterial insufficiency in the leg). This helped me to establish the treatment that each wound needed.

What I did not know was the effectiveness of my prescribed care and how my healing rates compared with another nurse’s care. I also could not say with any accuracy how quickly a patient could expect their wound to heal. I wish I had known…

So, my questions to you would be: Do you know? And, why is it important?