Journal articlesThe need for EU standards in wound care: an Irish study

The need for EU standards in wound care: an Irish study

01/05/05 | Service delivery | Zena Moore, Seamus Cowman


Zena Moore, Seamus Cowman


In Ireland there is no strategy or standardised policies for the management of wounds.


This study aimed to describe the nature of wounds managed, identify the providers of wound care advice, determine the existence of policy/guidelines and examine costing issues.


A pre-piloted questionnaire was used to collect data from the 121 Directors of Nursing/Public Health Nursing in all community care areas and hospitals (with a capacity of 40 or more beds) in Ireland.


A response rate of 96% was obtained. Leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and pressure ulcers were the most commonly encountered wound types and were mostly encountered in the long-stay setting, where the access to specialist wound management services was poorest.


The results confirm an unsatisfactory wound management system in Ireland and recommendations are made for the conduct of similar studies in other EU member states.

Declaration of interest:

This was a joint project between The Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and the School of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The study was funded by a research grant from the RCSI and an unrestricted research grant from ConvaTec, Ireland.