Essay on Risk of Impaired Wound Healing

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This report will discuss the risk of impaired wound healing, amongst patients in the community. Patients may be at risk due to increased age, malnutrition and underlying medical conditions (Timmons, 2003, White, 2008). However, this report concerns with patients’ knowledge deficit about the importance of nutrition, which may be the risk factor (Casey, 1998, Dealey, 2005, Timmons, 2003). In this respect, a management package in the form of a leaflet aimed at these patients has been prepared, (see appendix), which may improve patients’ knowledge. The report will evaluate how the risk could be minimised by using this leaflet.

The rationale for selecting the identified risk comes from observations, during community
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In the UK, there are 200,000 patients, who have slow healing wounds, which costs National Health Services £2.3-£3.1 billions per year and it reduces patients’ quality of life and mobility (Posnett & Franks, 2008). In addition, patients may have sleeping difficulties due to painful wound (Posnett & Franks, 2008). Patients may become depressed, isolated and have impaired body image due pain and embarrassment of unpleasant wound odour (Santy, 2008).

From observation, currently, the risk of delayed wound healing is managed, by nursing interventions and verbal health promotion, which may be due to the deficiency of packages designed for patients. This is supported by Collier (2003), who highlights the importance of nursing assessment, interventions and evaluation in improving wound healing. However, the importance of patients’ education, about balanced nutrition and dietary control of diabetes, may not be under estimated, as this may reduce the risk of infection and improve wounds healing (Casey, 1998, Dealey, 2005, Kemp, 2001, Timmons 2003, Ward, 2002). According to patients’ experience, their knowledge about nutrition helped them to achieve wound healing (Wound Care Information Network, 2008). For example, balanced proteins intake may encourage tissue repairs, as well as vitamin C intake may reduce the risk of infection, which may improve wound healing (Kemp, 2001, Ward,
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