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Wound care: treating the cause rather than simply covering it with a dressing

How to challenge the perceived inevitability associated with chronic wounds
nurse care for man's leg wound in a practice setting

How to challenge the perceived inevitability associated with the treatment and outcomes for chronic wounds

  • Many wounds considered to be chronic can be healed with appropriate and timely nursing interventions
  • Forthcoming national strategy will tackle unwarranted variation and enhance treatment outcomes
  • Advice on what you can do right now to boost patients' chances of recovery

Una Adderley was one week into her first community nursing post when she met the patient who would shape her career. The woman had leg ulcers, and it was the horror of what the young nurse saw – and the helplessness she felt – that ignited her passion for wound care.

‘I had never seen legs like it,’ she recalls. ‘I didn’t know legs could look like this.

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