CPD modules

Management and treatment options for patients with open abdomen

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
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This learning module discusses patients with open abdomen, as can be indicated by abdominal sepsis or trauma. Treatment goals to control the source of infection, protect the bowel from damage, minimise adhesions between the bowel and abdominal wall, facilitate nursing care and allow permanent closure of the wound by bringing the fascial edges closer are highlighted. Temporary abdominal closure techniques and negative pressure wound therapy are also explored.

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Kurinchi Gurusamy, Reader, Surgery, University College London Medical School, London, England.
Brian Davidson, Professor, Surgery, University College London Medical School, London, England.


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