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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | August 2020

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Development of the hybrid tissue viability nurse/lymphoedema nurse

Development of the hybrid tissue viability nurse/lymphoedema nurse
Wound Care

Article topics: Wound Care

To effectively deal with complex wounds, the importance of oedema and that all oedemas are on a lymphoedema continuum needs to be understood. The efficiency of lymphatic drainage is paramount to oedema management and wound healing. Therefore, interventions to help prevent damage to lymphatic capillaries, and techniques to facilitate lymphatic drainage and lymphangiogenesis should be considered as part of wound management. This article highlights the importance of the lymphatic system in the treatment of leg ulceration and the emergence of a new ‘hybrid nurse’, who combines the specialisms of tissue viability and lymphoedema to improve patient outcomes, reduce waiting times, and improve efficiency within the NHS with the provision of a one-stop service.

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