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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | April 2016

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How to recognise, assess and control wound exudate

How to recognise, assess and control wound exudate
Wound Care

Article topics: Assessment, Exudate, maceration, Moisture, Wound Care

Wound fluid, or exudate, is a normal consequence of healing but physiological circumstances within the individual or their wound can arise, which lead to excessive wound fluid production. There is a risk of maceration and excoriation of surrounding skin, which can cause distress and impact on quality of life. Therefore robust assessment and nursing intervention can successfully manage exudate and facilitate improved wound healing.