Wound care considerations in neonates
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Wound care considerations in neonates

Yvonne Cousins Neonatal surgical nurse specialist, Neonatal Unit, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, London.

Wound care management is a complex issue when caring for the neonate. An understanding of the anatomy and physiology of neonatal skin is necessary to recognise and prevent any potential problems. Effective wound care is a dynamic process based on accurate assessment and the setting of realistic goals. Knowledge of the specific characteristics of neonatal skin and the wound healing process is required when determining appropriate treatment and selecting wound care products.

Nursing Standard. 28, 46, 61-70. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.46.61.e8402

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 06 October 2013

Accepted: 12 March 2014