Tissue Viability Wound Management

Diabetic Ulcers, Pressure Sores and Tissue Loss are major areas of concern, particularly in the elderly and those with mobility problems.

Many claims for medical negligence and cruelty arise from poor management of these wound conditions and this creates serious implications for care homes and hospitals.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence issued guidelines on the treatment and care of these conditions and recommended the use of photographs to record changes to size depth and state in their management.

Photography for wound management is a routine procedure for the clinical photographer but the difficulty for anywhere other than a hospital with a staff photographer is making this record.

Many of the photographs taken by clinical nursing staff are not of an evidential standard, frequently out of focus, badly exposed and failing to show essential detail.

Medical Photographic Services will happily photograph patients in residential care homes, hospitals, hospices and domiciles, but we will also train your Tissue Viability staff to use cameras supplied by their trusts.

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