Clinical audit of a patient teaching programme in the care of wounds following toenail removal
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Dunlop, G. (1998) Clinical audit of a patient teaching programme in the care of wounds following toenail removal, The Foot, vol. 8, , pp. 85-88,
A programme of patient teaching has been used in wound care after nail removal to reduce the number of healing weeks and to reduce the number of clinical visits for the patient. A stratified sample of podiatry patients who had undergone nail removal in a podiatry teaching centre was monitored regarding: the number of weeks attended; the interval of weeks between appointments; and the infection rate. The simplest and cheapest dressing was used to dress the wound between clinical visits. The mean number of healing weeks was 5.2 (standard deviation of 3.8) and the mean number of clinical visits was 3.2 (standard deviation of 1.5). As all the patients attending the unit were taught how to care for the wound between visits, the outcome would suggest that the care conducted by the patients themselves has been an influencing factor on the final result of the study.