New research finds UK nurses carry out 180 wound dressing changes a year – on each chronic wound patient
- Chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous leg ulcers, take more than 8 months to heal for the average patient and some will be affected for decades
- Despite advancements in wound care, patients report dressings are changed on average 5 times a week
- This poses a huge burden on UK nurses and impacts the quality of life for nearly all (90%) of patients
23rd August 2018, Milton Keynes, UK. A survey of more than 200 people living with chronic wounds, conducted by Mölnlycke, a provider of wound care solutions, reveals that living with an open wound for almost a year has become the ‘new normal’ in the UK.
Over 2.8 million people in the UK are currently living with a chronic wound.
One in four have their dressing changed by a nurse at their local GP surgery and (4%) by a specialist nurse (such as a Tissue Viability Nurse) at a wound care clinic.
Lecturer in Community Nursing at the University of Leeds Dr Una Adderley, who leads the Legs Matter coalition (who campaign for better wound care), comments: “Community nurses, such as practice nurses and district nurses, are really under pressure when it comes to wound patients. Wound care forms a large part of the nursing caseload and it is becoming increasingly difficult for these nurses to give patients the time and care they need. In this study, patients report an average dressing time of 18 minutes, but this is rarely enough time to provide the care that is needed. When nurses have more time with each patient to give good quality assessment and appropriate care, we see better healing and improved patient quality of life.”
Living with a chronic wound has a huge impact on patients’ lives with 30% reporting feeling ‘powerless’ and nearly a quarter (23%) reporting feeling depressed.
With everyday activities being a struggle, many patients additionally rely on pain killers (33%) or sleeping pills (10%) to ease their discomfort.
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Notes to editors
About the survey:
The research was carried out by Opinion Matters, on behalf of Mölnlycke, between: 29/06/2018 - 09/07/2018. Sample – 201 men and women aged 18-70 who are currently receiving, or, have received in the last 5 years, professional healthcare treatment for a wound that is not expected to heal / has not healed in 4 weeks.
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