Based on assessment a practitioner must decide on the treatment aim. For the wound this will depend on the tissue at the wound bed, the amount of exudate and the risk of infection. An accurate diagnosis of wound type could dictate specific dressings such as venous leg ulcers and compression. For the patient this may include the presence and type of wound related pain or preference.
If in doubt advice should be sought from the Tissue Viability Service.
Tissue Viability Team
Tel: 0191 5692970 (County Durham & Darlington only)
The following local guidance is available for wound management:
The County Durham & Darlington or Tees DO NOT PRESCRIBE List can be accessed online at: http://medicines.necsu.nhs.uk/guidelines/durhamdarlington or
The County Durham & Darlington or Tees GREY List – items to be prescribed in certain specific circumstances only can be accessed online at: http://medicines.necsu.nhs.uk/guidelines/durham-darlington or https://medicines.necsu.nhs.uk/guidelines/tees-guidelines/