Ousey, Karen, Rogers, Alan A. and Rippon, Mark (2016) Hydro-responsive wound dressings simplify T.I.M.E. wound management framework. British Journal of Community Nursing, 21 (sup12). S39-S49. ISSN 1462-4753

The development of wound management protocols and guidelines such as the T.I.M.E. acronym are useful tools to aid wound care practitioners deliver effective wound care. The T.I.M.E. framework provides a systematic approach for the assessment and management of the majority of acute and chronic wounds. The debridement of devitalised tissue from the wound bed, the reduction in wound bioburden and effective management of wound exudate – i.e., wound bed preparation – are barriers to wound healing progression that are targeted by T.I.M.E. There are a large number of wound dressings available to experienced wound care practitioners to aid in their goal of healing wounds. Despite the systematic approach of T.I.M.E., the large number of wound dressings available can introduce a level of confusion when dressing choices need to be made. Any simplification in dressing choice, for example by choosing a dressing system comprising of a limited number of dressings that are able to address all aspects of T.I.M.E., would be a valuable resource for delivering effective wound care. This article reviews briefly the principles of T.I.M.E. and describes the evidence for the use of a two-dressing, moisture balance-oriented dressing-based wound management system for the treatment of wounds and that addresses principle requirements of delivering T.I.M.E.

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