The impact of a 100% Chitosan based dressing with Bioactive Microfibre Gelling (BMG™) technology and the importance of education in the management of oncology wounds    

– Susy Pramod,  Lead Tissue Viability Nurse at The Christie NHS FT.

Abstract

Introduction

Cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments induce a set of symptoms and problems specific to each individual experiencing the disease trajectory.

Intensity of cancer treatments can have major implications in relation to formation of wounds and woundcare management, leading to problematic long-term care.(1) Sharing best practice is crucial.

During 2021 our tissue viability service received a referral increase of 94.4% for advice and support for long standing and complex oncology wounds (unpublished data). The reason for this 94.4% increase is not known. This may be chance, or due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in later cancer diagnosis or delayed referral to the Trust, and also a potenital gap in the education around the management of oncology wounds. In 2022, we were presented with the opportunity to assess the potential impact of a 100% Chitosan with Bioactive Microfibre Gelling (BMG) dressing to support wound management objectives and to work in partnership with industry to provide education, support and training across this patient group.

Discussion

Many of the symptoms discussed in this poster can have a deleterious effect on the patient. Cancer wounds can result in major irreversible skin damage, cause extreme pain and discomfort which can affect daily activity. They can be disfiguring, foul smelling and appear repulsive to the patient. This can result in an individual’s self-esteem, body image and quality of life being severely affected.(2) The introduction of this advanced woundcare dressing has demonstrated an opportunity to share the benefits seen in our results with other clinicians.

 

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Cancer wounds can be disfiguring, foul smelling and appear repulsive to the patient. This can result in an individual’s self-esteem, body image and quality of life being severely affected.

O’Regan P, (2007) The Impact of Cancer and Its Treatment on Wound Healing. Wounds UK Clinical Review, Vol 3, No 2.

References

O’Regan P, (2007) The Impact of Cancer and Its Treatment on Wound Healing. Wounds UK Clinical Review, Vol 3, No 2..

 

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