The Importance of Managing Exudate
Last year my colleague and I took part in a Made Easy workshop at the Wounds UK conference in Harrogate...
Last year my colleague and I took part in a Made Easy workshop at the Wounds UK conference in Harrogate.
One of the conclusions from the workshop was that it is important to provide a complete solution for the patient which addresses the possible causes of exudate and chronicity in long-term wounds. This was reinforced recently when I spent a morning in a leg ulcer clinic...
Each patient had received a full holistic assessment, and their care had begun with wound bed preparation using the TIMES assessment tool. The nurse noted high levels of exudate, which are often due to the presence of sloughy tissue, high bacterial burden and the presence of oedema.
Managing the underlying cause of excessive exudate is just as important as managing the exudate itself, hence the need for regular debridement for the removal of biofilm and slough, judicious use of antimicrobials and the use of compression, where appropriate, to reduce oedema.
For the patients who were attending the clinic, they were having these three aspects addressed to provide a complete solution to their chronic, long-standing leg ulcers.
The effects were plain to see and it was reassuring to observe that the education we provide can potentially make the lives of patients with chronic wounds more bearable until complete healing is achieved.
If you would like to learn more you can read the full article from the Made Easy workshop – Every moment matters: addressing the challenges of chronic wounds, in the forthcoming Wounds UK journal 14(1).
Clare Morris, Senior Clinical Services Manager, L&R
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