Wound bed preparation

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Managing high viscosity exudate

Wound pain, odour and exudate have a major impact on patient quality of life. Understanding the management of these core components of wound healing is essential if patient outcomes are to be optimised. This paper discusses the role and types of exudate, the impact of high viscosity exudate on...

How to... Top tips for wound dressing selection

There are a myriad of dressings available to manage chronic wounds and, as a result, it can be quite daunting for the clinician to make a decision as to the ‘best’ dressing for a given wound at a given time. Understanding the basic principles of wound management and coupling that with knowledge...

Managing a chronic wound in a heroin user

Heroin is the most common illicit drug used intravenously. This article examines the ‘skin popping’ that occurs when using the drug, as well as the subsequent ulceration and scarring. Treatment and assessment is vital in order to increase compliance and wound healing in cases where heroin abuse...

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