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A ‘game of dressings’: Strategies for wound management in primary health care

Maria G.C. Giaquinto-Cilliers, Arun Nair, Klaus B. Von Pressentin, Francois Coetzee, Hamid Saeed
South African Family Practice | Vol 64, No 1 : Part 1| a5462 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v64i1.5462 | © 2022 Maria G.C. Giaquinto-Cilliers, Arun Nair, Klaus B. von Pressentin, Francois Coetzee, Hamid Saeed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2021 | Published: 28 February 2022

About the author(s)

Maria G.C. Giaquinto-Cilliers, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; and, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa
Arun Nair, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; and, Department of Family Medicine, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa
Klaus B. Von Pressentin, Division of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Francois Coetzee, Department of Global Health, Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Bellville, South Africa
Hamid Saeed, Department of Family Medicine, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa; and, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Family Medicine, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Abstract

Wound care management and the dressing of wounds represent some of the most basic services offered in primary health care facilities across Southern Africa. Clinicians should have a basic understanding of the processes of wound healing and wound bed preparation to match the ideal cost-effective dressing to the particular type of wound to be managed. In the ‘kingdom of wounds’, the authors use a popular analogy and propose the best five strategies for the clinician in choosing the right management option in the ‘game of dressings’.


Keywords

strategies; wound care; wound management; wound-bed-preparation; dressings; framework

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