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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2016

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Managing postsurgical wounds in the patient’s home

Managing postsurgical wounds in the patient’s home
Wound Care

Article topics: Pain, Surgical site infection, Surgical wounds, Wound Care

Many community nurses will have to attend patients that have a surgical wound. The desired clinical outcome for any surgical wound will be to achieve closure and skin integrity with an acceptable cosmetic result, and to avoid any complications. Patients presenting to community nurses after discharge from hospital may well have experienced postoperative complications or may be at risk of complications following suture removal. Community nurses should be aware of wound problems that may arise following surgery and how to address them appropriately.