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Chronic wounds: what nurses can do to improve treatment and optimise healing

Approaches to ulcers and chronic wounds remain inconsistent – and costly – throughout the NHS

Approaches to ulcers and chronic wounds remain inconsistent – and costly – throughout the NHS

  • An estimated 3.8 million patients had a wound managed by the NHS in 2017-18, and serious wounds cost the health service up to £8.5 billion a year
  • Campaigners say as wound care does not fall under a specific clinical specialty, there is a lack of knowledge, skills and training among staff
  • Plans are underway for national frameworks to ensure a more consistent approach to care across the UK

Nurses are being urged to take a more proactive role in addressing the epidemic of non-healing wounds.

Campaigners warn that there is unwarranted variation in the

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