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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2014

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Wound care in the community: infection, exudate and conformability

Wound care in the community: infection, exudate and conformability
Wound Management

Pages: 43 - 48

Article topics: Exudate, Infection, Wound Care, Wound coverage

Community nurses require a wide skill set to deal with the variety of clinical presentations they meet in any given day. This includes wound care, which can present nurses with a range of  management challenges, i.e. how to combat infection, which kind of dressings to use to control exudate volume and how to ensure that dressings provide patient comfort and do not further damage the wound or skin on removal. It is important, therefore, that community nurses have access to a range of versatile products that can be used in a variety of clinical situations and which are also cost-effective. This article examines some of the common wound care issues that community nurses can face, as well as looking at how a versatile wound dressing (Durafiber® Ag; Smith & Nephew) — which has a variety of applications in primary care — can help with some of these issues.