Wound Care Resources

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06 October 2020
The delivery of wound care in the current climate is challenging so effective solutions are more important than ever. It is vital that you are aware of the latest products and innovations that have the potential to improve outcomes.
Topics:  Wound Care
01 October 2020
In each issue we investigate a hot topic currently affecting you and your community practice.
Topics:  Wound Care
01 October 2020
The JCN clinical skills series looks at different aspects of wound management in the community, with useful tips on patient care and improving practice. The fourth and final part focuses on dressing selection.

The last part of our clinical skills series looks at dressing selection. Wound dressings should create an environment that supports the wound healing process. However, with an ever-increasing array of dressings available, selecting the correct product can seem daunting. Holistic patient assessment, including assessment of the wound environment, needs to be undertaken before choosing a dressing and will help in the decision-making process. This article explores the principles of appropriate dressing selection and how they can be applied in clinical practice.
Topics:  Wound Care
01 October 2020
Recently, the national wound care agenda has centred around the cost of wounds to the NHS, inadequate holistic wound assessment, reducing unnecessary variations in care and increasing supported shared care. This article demonstrates how one organisation, by transforming the delivery of wound care services into one, addressed those factors while also freeing up valuable community nurse time. It also describes how working in partnership with industry can not only assist in improving the care journey for patients, but also liberate and empower clinical staff.
01 October 2020
It is estimated that 1.5% of the adult population in the UK is currently living with a leg ulcer (Guest et al, 2015). There is substantial evidence to suggest that venous leg ulcers are being poorly managed with delays in assessment, poor primary dressing choice and suboptimal levels of compression contributing to the delay in wound healing (Gray et al, 2018). The bulk of leg ulcer care takes place within primary care (Guest, 2015). Despite there being considerable evidence to support the use of compression therapy and undertaking accurate leg ulcer assessment, this does not appear to always happen in practice. This paper looks at how one clinic improved healing outcomes and patient quality of life through holistic assessment, patient education, supported self-care and introducing compression wraps into the treatment regimen.
Topics:  Shared Care
01 October 2020
Historically, wounds have been treated within the medical model with a paternalistic approach where healthcare professionals assess the aetiology and condition of the wound bed, identify any modifiable patient risk factors which may impact on healing, and then implement evidence-based treatments to promote healing (Lusher, 2020). This article discusses the challenges in implementing both shared decision-making and self-care and reviews some of the innovative initiatives which have been developed to encourage patient self-care for wounds. The theories underpinning self-care and the advantages and disadvantages of self-care and shared decisionmaking are also discussed from both healthcare professionals and patients/carers’ perspectives.
10 August 2020

Now more than ever, the NHS is searching for ways to reduce wastage and achieve efficiency savings, while at the same time improving patient outcomes. One area which can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to innovation and new ways of working is wound care.

Topics:  Wound Care