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Consensus Document - WOUND CARE AND DRESSING SELECTION FOR PHARMACY TEAMS​

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Consensus Document - WOUND CARE AND DRESSING SELECTION FOR PHARMACY TEAMS​

Type
Consensus Document
Topics
Acute Wounds, Chronic Wounds, Skin Tears, Leg Ulcer, Diabetic Foot Ulcer, Pressure Ulcer, Burns, Debridement, Wound Infection, Exudate Management, Silicone SAP dressings, Wound Healing, Pharmacies, Surgical wounds, First aid, Lacerations, Film dressings
Language
EN
Publication Year
2024
Author(s)
PD Dr (Phil) Christine Blome et al ​
published in
2024
Approx. reading time
15 minutes (7 pages) 

Summary

Pharmacists play a key role and are often the first point of contact for people with wounds, both chronic and acute. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this has only become more apparent.

The burden of wound care is increasing through the ageing population, growing comorbidities and increased skin integrity issues, with the annual prevalence of wounds increasing by 71% between 2012/2013 and 2017/2018 – and with many people being reluctant to go into the hospital or primary care setting, the key role of the pharmacist will continue to develop and grow.

A multidisciplinary group of experts, including pharmacy and nursing colleagues, met online in October 2020 to discuss the roles and responsibilities of pharmacy teams in wound care and dressing selection. The discussions formed the basis of this consensus document.

The document aims to inform pharmacy colleagues about the underpinning principles of best practice and the latest evidence base in wound care and dressing selection, and to educate other clinicians about the role that pharmacy teams play in wound care.

This guidance should assist pharmacy teams to manage wounds and select appropriate dressings with confidence.

Citation reference

Ousey K, Atkin L, Conway B et al (2021) Wound care and dressing selection for pharmacy teams. London:Wounds UK. Available to download from: www.wounds-uk.com


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