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Management of a Groin Wound Using a Concentrated Surfactant-Based Gel Dressing

Ratliff, Catherine R.

Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing: September/October 2018 - Volume 45 - Issue 5 - p 465–467
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000467
Challenges in Practice
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BACKGROUND: A groin wound associated with a vascular graft infection is associated with significant morbidity. Management of groin wounds is often challenging due to their anatomical location that renders them difficult to visualize and keep clean.

CASE: This case report describes the use of a concentrated surfactant-based gel dressing for an infected groin wound.

CONCLUSIONS: Because of their location and complex topography, groin wounds are difficult to keep clean and maintain dressing integrity. This case study describes the use of a concentrated surfactant-based gel dressing that remained in place and promoted healing of an infected groin wound.

Catherine R. Ratliff, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville.

Correspondence: Catherine R. Ratliff, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Box 801351, Charlottesville, VA 22908 (Crr9m@virginia.edu).

Conflict of Interest Statement. None declared

© 2018 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.