Journal articlesInterprofessional education in lower extremity wound care

Interprofessional education in lower extremity wound care

01/06/10 | Education | Karen Ousey, Caroline McIntosh

Background: Wound care has often been perceived to be the domain of the nurse, yet other professions are taking a lead in this specialist area of clinical practice. Podiatrists assess, manage and evaluate the care of lower limb conditions including lower extremity wounds. It is essential that nurses and podiatrists develop partnerships and close working relationships to ensure that patients receive coordinated evidence-based care.

Aim: To discuss and explore the importance of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional clinical working in achieving effective collaboration between two professions regularly involved in wound care.

Methods: A focus group (n=6) consisting of nurses and podiatrists was undertaken at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Findings: The issues of professional identity, learning to share, documentation and the importance of IPE for nurses and podiatrists were identified as key themes within the discussions.

Conclusion: IPE is vital if nurses and podiatrists are to understand the roles of each profession in relation to wound care. The need for shared learning opportunities at undergraduate level requires development to ensure that both groups are offered the opportunity to learn together.