Negative pressure wound therapy: Improving the patient experience part 2 of 3

Dominic UPTON, Abbye Andrews

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Abstract

Despite the clear benefits of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) as a treatment for wounds, it is essential that greater focus is given to the patient experience of this treatment. In particular, it is important that any unpleasant consequences, such as pain, stress, and skin trauma are minimised, so as to promote quality of life and healing. This article presents part two of three studies which aim to explore ways in which the patient experience of NPWT can be improved. In this study, the views of wound care clinicians (n=12) were investigated in greater depth through semi-structured interviews. Findings indicate a pressing need to minimise pain, particularly through ongoing assessment and collaboration with patients, and also through the use of appropriate dressings, films and other products that promote patient comfort. Additionally, it is evident that greater education is needed for both nurses and patients about NPWT, in order to promote high-quality care and patient wellbeing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-591
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Volume22
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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