Journal articlesImproving the holistic wound care experience and integrating an education regimen

Improving the holistic wound care experience and integrating an education regimen

29/06/14 | Articles, Complex wounds | Sharon Dawn Bateman

Exudate from both acute and chronic wounds can be distressing to the patient, result in catastrophic tissue damage to the wound bed and surrounding skin, reduce quality of life and increase the need for specialist resources (Wound Essentials, 2012). Effective exudate management is, therefore, paramount to ensure wound healing can take place in a timely manner (Walker et al, 2010). This product review explores 38 ward-based patients who presented with acute and chronic exuding wounds; it examines and evaluates the proposed benefits of the Cutimed® Siltec foam dressing range alongside a pre-set education regimen for both the patient and clinician. The outcomes of the evaluation are exudate management, protection of the periwound skin, atraumatic application and removal, non adherence and benefits of using a patient information leaflet within the dressing regimen. The evaluation highlights not only a significant improvement within exudate management and damaged periwound skin healing, but emphasises the key importance of a collaborative approach through the education of patients and clinicians, ensuring concordance and informed choice of care continuation.