Clinician perspectives on time and resources related to dressing changes

2016, Vol 7, No 4, pages 28–32

Dressing change itself can be a simple process; however, the full complement of tasks surrounding dressing change — e.g. travelling to the patient, assessment, periwound preparation, addressing the patient’s concerns about their wound or dressing, documenting the dressing change — account for a significant amount of nursing time. There is very little up-to-date data available on dressing change; the most recent data are about 10 years old. To get more up-to-date insights into the full breadth of dressing change-related tasks, as well as clinicians’ needs with regard to allocation of dressing change resources, a survey was commissioned.