Wound EssentialsWound Essentials 12 (1) Deliberate self-harm injury — promotion of self-care utilising a ‘rescue pack’

Wound Essentials 12 (1) Deliberate self-harm injury — promotion of self-care utilising a ‘rescue pack’

Acute wounds, Education, Infection, Wellbeing and concordance | Sharon Hunt

Clinicians and patients are frequently challenged by the demands of deliberate self-harm injury, including risk of infection, and multiple attendances to accident and emergency departments and general practice surgeries (Kilroy-Findley, 2015). Intentional self-harm often carries negative associations attributed to it by society, healthcare providers and family members. Despite the national agenda and guidance prioritising mental health in the UK, there is a disparity between this patient group’s needs and what it receives in terms of physical and psychological care, particularly outside of the mental health speciality arena (Hunt, 2016a). This article examines the concept of self-care in relation to people who self-harm, and the positive impact that a simple ‘rescue pack’ has had in a general community setting.