Eastburn, Sara, Ousey, Karen and Rippon, Mark G. (2015) A review of blisters caused by wound dressing components: can they impede post-operative rehabilitation and discharge? International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. ISSN 1878-1241

This review highlights that some wound dressings can be the cause of blistering. It also presents the mechanisms by which blisters may be caused by poor choice of dressings. The subsequent impact of the blisters on preventing patient mobility - and hence rehabilitation in terms of physiotherapy – are also identified. The possibility that the clinical sequelae (e.g. delayed wound healing, restricted joint range of motion (ROM), muscle atrophy and increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)) resulting from this might have a significant and deleterious impact upon patient-related outcomes is discussed. Strategies for the treatment and prevention of blisters are proposed, based upon current knowledge and expertise. The criticality of the wound care specialist and the physiotherapist working together to overcome these challenges and enhance patient care, are underlined. This article is a review of the relevant literature combined with opinions based upon experience and knowledge of the authors.

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