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Exploring the prevalence and management of wounds in an urban area in Ireland.

Br J Community Nurs 2016 03;21 Suppl 3:S12-9

Clinical Specialist Podiatrist in Diabetes, St James Hospital, Dublin.

Aim: This study explores the prevalence and management of wounds within an urban setting in Ireland.

Method: It employs a cross-sectional survey design, using a predesigned, validated data-collection instrument.

Findings: The point prevalence of wounds was 3.7% (n=445), with surgical wounds being the most prevalent (43%; n=189). Wound care was provided across a wide variety of clinical settings, with the majority of patients (60%; n=271) managed in the acute care setting. Most dressings were changed 2-3 times a week (60%; n=271). The mean dressing time was 15 minutes (SD: 12.4 minutes), varying from 2 minutes to 90 minutes. The mean nurse travel time was 3 minutes (SD: 6.5 minutes), varying from 0-60 minutes. Among participants managed using silver and iodine dressings, 53% (n=10, silver) and 78% (n=50, iodine) were prescribed for wounds described as being not infected. Alginate dressings were used incorrectly in 75% of cases, foam dressings in 63% of cases and Hydrofiber dressings in 63% of cases.

Conclusion: Wound management within the explored geographical area is an important clinical intervention. This study identified areas of practice that need to be addressed, primarily those related to the topical management of the wound and use of offloading. The data has been used to inform practice, education, and further research in this important clinical specialty.
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March 2016