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A Journal on Physiopathology and Therapy of Chronic Cutaneous Ulcers
Official Journal of the Italian Association for Cutaneous Ulcers
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Acta Vulnologica 2008 March;6(1):37-41
The experience of a clinical and management trial in a district in Florence area
Bertini M., Chellini F., Del Conte C., Filippini F., Nuti M., Paradiso E., Tozzi C., Faggioni S.
Distretto 1 ADI Fi Centro, ASL10, Firenze
Aim. A general survey, performed in May 2005 in the Florence ASF area, has allowed to collect the data to face the ulcer problem with a dedicated study. In order to better manage patients affected by chronic ulcers, nurses belonging to ASF Florence District 1, agreed to start a provisional management trial with the aim of demonstrating that specifically trained personnel using advanced wound dressings and ad hoc tools provide an increased efficiency and an actual improved assistance quality.
Methods. A team of nurses experts in ulcer treatment, equipped with technological instruments for patients diagnosis and monitoring has been created. Nurses have organized educational and instructive meetings, followed by the use of advanced wound dressings for the treatment of wounds for the whole trial length and have created a dedicated data base for trial data.
Results. The test of this management method led to a remarkable cost effectiveness result and the foreseen objectives have been met.
Conclusion. The method implies for the nurses higher organizational and professional skills aimed to increase the assistance quality and the wound care knowledge.