Dressing use issues in primary abdominal wounds: a qualitative study of healthcare professionals' and patients' views

Christel McMullan, Jane Blazeby, Jenny L. Donovan, Leila Rooshenas, Daisy Elliott, Jonathan Mathers, Lazaros Andronis, Natalie Blencowe, Melanie Calvert, Jo Coast, Tim Draycott, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Robert J Longman, Laura Magill, Thomas Pinkney, Barnaby Reeves, Chris A. Rogers, Andrew Torrance, Nicky J Welton, Mark WoodwardTrudie Young

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Primary surgical abdominal wounds are usually covered with a dressing. However, little is known about the practical issues and costs around these dressings. This study aimed to provide an in-depth description of patients' and health professionals' perspectives on the clinical and practical issues associated with standard and novel dressing (glue-as-a-dressing) use on primary surgical wounds, and to establish whether and how their experience compares with these perspectives. During semi-structured interviews, patients and health professionals discussed their positive experience of glue-as-a-dressing and no dressing around six themes: wound contamination and infection, wound healing, wound care, physical protection afforded by simple dressings, the potential psychological impact of an exposed wound, and ability to carry out everyday tasks. Current views on the practice of dressings for primary abdominal wounds are influenced by ingrained clinical practice. These views can be challenged when exposed to novel dressing strategies or as new evidence of the clinical effect of dressing strategies emerges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S10-S18
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number20
Early online date12 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2019


  • Feasibility studies
  • qualitative methods
  • wound dressings
  • exposed wounds
  • glue


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