Challenges in protecting peri-wound skin
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Challenges in protecting peri-wound skin

Helen Hollinworth Senior teaching practitioner, School of Health, Science and Social Care, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich

Effective management of vulnerable wound margins and fragile skin in the area peripheral to wounds is challenging. Maceration by chronic wound exudate and skin stripping, as a result of removing traditional or adhesive dressings, are common causes of damage to peri-wound skin. This article identifies the potential causes of macerated or adhesive damaged peri-wound skin, and critically reviews products and strategies that can be used to minimise the risk or manage established peri-wound trauma. Recommendations for good practice are presented.

Nursing Standard. 24, 7, 53-62. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.


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