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'M' is for Moisture: friend or foe? How developing a better understanding of exudate can prevent moisture-related complications

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The third article in our series exploring the TIME framework of wound bed preparation discusses M for moisture. In wound care, exudate is perceived as a problem, commonly associated with clinical challenges such as frequent dressing changes and high costs. Although exudate plays an important role in normal wound healing, in chronic wounds it can be detrimental, leading to complex exudate-related problems and delayed healing. For the patient, living with a leaky wound is profoundly distressing, with it impacting significantly on quality of life. Clinicians involved in wound care should have good skills in the holistic assessment and management of exudate if they are to optimise the potential for healing.
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Keywords: EXUDATE; HEALING; MOISTURE; WOUND

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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