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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 2013 September;11(3):123-8
language: English, Italian
Bill of rights of persons with skin ulcers
Agus G. B.
President of AIUC Bioethics Commettee * Department of Clinical Sciences University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Skin ulcers have an epidemiological basis and an elevated economic impact on health spending. A bill of rights for hospitalized patients already exists, as does a document for patients with severe specific diseases. However, no similar document contemplates the hidden epidemic of skin lesions. A bill of rights is one of the means health care professionals can rely upon to better understand the problems facing the persons they are caring for. In 2012, the Italian Wound Care Association (AIUC) proposed a ten-point document that addresses some of most sensitive care issues: 1) a diagnostic and therapeutic course; 2) specialist care; 3) care gratuity; 4) documented therapeutic course; 5) wound pain; 6) psychological support; 7) quality of life; 8) respect for religion, culture and philosophy; 9) high standard of therapy, efficiency, rationality; and 10) privacy and confidentiality.