Journal articlesExudate monitoring in traumatic wounds

Exudate monitoring in traumatic wounds

26/06/13 | Acute wounds, Assessment and diagnosis, Complex wounds, Exudate Management | LT COL SLA JEFFERY

Wounds, whether acute or chronic, are at best unpleasant and, at worst, dangerous. As the skin is a physical and an immunological barrier to infection, any defect in the skin may enable bacterial invasion. Dressing changes, even those that incorporate the most patient-friendly dressings, can be tedious and time-consuming for patients, as well as reducing their quality of life. Dressing changes are also a major financial burden to society. Therefore, clinicians strive to achieve wound closure if at all possible, as well as preventing wounds from growing larger.