Ousey, Karen, Stephenson, John, Barrett, Simon, King, Brenda, Morton, Nicky, Fenwick, Kim and Carr, Caryn (2013) Wound care in five English NHS Trusts: Results of a survey. Wounds UK, 9 (4). pp. 20-28. ISSN 1746-6814

This survey aimed to identify and quantify the demographic characteristics, treatment
objectives, and wound characteristics of patients from five English NHS Trusts receiving
wound treatment. Data from 4772 patients (59.8% female; 79.7% aged >65 years) were
received. Approximately half were leg wounds. Most patients had one or more comorbidity,
most commonly vascular and cardiovascular. The majority of wounds were <3 months’
duration and had no associated infection indicators (a small minority had ≥3 infection
indicators). Swabbing was considerably more common in wounds showing no primary
infection indicators than in infected wounds. Nurses were most commonly involved with
dressing changes. Protecting granulation was the most common treatment objective and
dressings were changed most commonly twice-weekly as a scheduled care change. No
significant differences in wound or patient characteristics were observed between Trusts.

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