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Mythbuster: patients with lymphoedema must be managed by a specialist service

Nurse and lymphoedema lead Caitriona O'Neill on why managing lymphoedema is in the remit of the practice nurse

Ten top tips on leg ulcers

Wound care for leg ulceration

Most leg ulcers are caused by problems with damaged veins, which make it difficult for blood to return to the heart (venous leg ulcers). Skin breaks down or injuries fail to heal, or heal slowly and then recur repeatedly.

Effective wound care

The process of tissue repair or healing is extremely complex and unpredictable, particularly in older patients suffering from multiple co-morbidities and with the effects of aging on the tissues.

Managing leg ulcers in primary care

Blog: Cultural imposition and pressure ulcer prevention

I have always been uncomfortable with the use of the term ‘blanch test'. The word ‘blanch' means to turn white. Its origin probably stems from the French verb ‘blanchir' which means to whiten, bleach or launder

Good hygiene when dressing wounds

Nurses working in community settings care for 1.45 million people with wounds each year, and 39% of those wounds will not have healed after 12 months

Treating burn wound infections in children

Minor burns and/or scalds in children are a frequent injury in the first two years of life. A total of 50,000 children are seen in emergency departments and 5,000 to 6,000 are admitted to burn services annually in England and Wales

Providing patient centered pressure ulcer care

A pressure ulcer (pressure sore, bed sore, decubitus ulcer) is a “localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear”,

Current Practice in the management of wound infection

Key learning points: - Holistic assessment of patients with infected wounds is essential to identify their risk factors - Accurate wound assessment and appropriate selection of wound management therapies will improve quality of life and reduce the potentially life-threatening risks associated with wound infection - Knowledge of cost-effectiveness and efficacy of wound management products are major considerations when managing patients with infected wounds