Assessment and management of patients with surgical cavity wounds
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Assessment and management of patients with surgical cavity wounds

Fiona Murphy Clinical nurse specialist, Tissue viability, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge

This article explores the management of surgical cavity wounds. The effectiveness of healing depends on wound assessment and constant re-evaluation of the management strategy adopted. Management strategies should be holistic and take into account the wound bed and local and systemic barriers to healing, as well as patients’ thoughts and concerns about their wound. Nurses have a pivotal role in wound management and dressing selection, and should aim to keep up to date in this dynamic specialty.

Nursing Standard. 20, 45, 57-66. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.07.20.45.57.c4469

Correspondence

fiona.murphy@papworth.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review