Painful dressing changes for chronic wounds: Assessment and management

Kazia Solowiej, Dominic Upton

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Wound pain can arise from the wound itself, continuing wound treatment and anticipatory pain, which occurs in some patients as a consequence of negative experiences of care. Specifically, pain caused by the removal and application of dressings has been identified as a major contributor to wound pain, from both patient and health professional perspectives. This article reviews literature on the impact of pain at dressing change, and provides practical suggestions for assessment and management of pain during wound care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number20 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


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