Management of self-harm wounds Made Easy

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Management of self-harm wounds Made Easy

Supported by BSN Medical
Sharon Hunt
15 November 2017

Self-harm (SH) causing skin damage, infection and scarring is on the increase, and the drivers of SH can be complex and misunderstood (Kilroy-Findley and Bateman, 2016). People who SH are at risk of wound infection but do not always seek medical attention due to the stigma associated with the activity. The management of SH requires time, resources and education within a holistic care package (Hunt, 2016a). This Made Easy focuses on the use of a first aid kit or ‘rescue pack’ specially tailored for this patient group. The example pack described here includes dressings carefully selected to promote self-care, improve patient safety and reduce hospital admissions. These dressing features include ease of application, being waterproof, transparency to visualise the wound (e.g. Leukomed® Control [BSN Medical]) and microbial binding attributes for infected wounds (e.g. Leukomed® Sorbact®).

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