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Wound management has changed considerably over the past decade. The change from dry to moist healing is the result of new scientific evidence. The number and variety of wound care products available on the market have increased, along with the importance of the acceptability of a particular type of product to individual patients' lifestyles. Annual worldwide expenditure on wound care is estimated to be in the region of $7 billion (US). The implications of efficient and effective wound healing for both the patient and the economy, therefore, are massive. This article presents the results of a study of postoperative wound management. The need for consistent and regular wound assessment is demonstrated and linked with length of hospital stay.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||Smith, Professor Lorraine|
|Authors:||Smith, L.N., and Lait, M.E.|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
R Medicine > RT Nursing
|College/School:||College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine > Nursing and Health Care|
|Journal Name:||British Journal of Nursing|
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