“The key to venous leg ulcer care is the maintenance of healthy skin surrounding the ulcer.” [Dini, 2020]
Tissue Viability Nurses at the Complex Wounds Clinic, (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) evaluated octenidine-based wash mitts as an alternative to bucket washing, when caring for venous leg ulcers.
After the 12 month trial period, feedback from staff and patients was overwhelmingly in favour of the wash mitts. All bucket washes were stopped and mitts used instead. The results included:
“The wash mitt has met both service user and clinician expectations by promoting good skin care, reducing unwarranted infections, and improving the quality of care delivered to service users in the community.” [Dhoonmoon, 2020]
Find out more…
Please watch this video demonstrating ‘Skin cleansing and decontamination using octenisan® wash mitts’
Dhoonmoon L, Dyer M (2020) Improving leg ulcer care in the community. Journal of Community Nursing, vol. 34, no. 6
Dini V, Janowska A, Oranges T et al (2020) Surrounding skin management in venous leg ulcers: A systematic review. J Tissue Viability 29(3): 169-75