Wound care for injecting drug users: part 1
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Wound care for injecting drug users: part 1

Gail Powell Clinical nurse specialist, Wound Care Service, Knowle Clinic, Bristol

Part one of this article focuses on the types of injection-related wounds that may occur in the intravenous (IV) drug user. Strategies are identified to manage the complex needs of this patient group and practical guidance about treatment is provided to help promote good patient outcomes. The importance of nutrition in promoting wound healing is outlined. Part two next week will discuss specifically the assessment and management of leg ulcers in IV drug users.

Nursing Standard. 25, 46,51-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.07.25.46.51.c8640

Correspondence

g.powell@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review