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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All our modules include CPD certificates. They are evidence-based and have been subject to an external double-blind peer review.
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Pre and post module tests let you measure your progress. Further reading list included