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Clinician expectations in wound care during the COVID-19 pandemic: March 2020 to January 2021

Chloé Géri, José Luis Lázaro Martínez, Leanne Atkin, Raymund E. Horch
18 May 2021

A group of 18 European wound care specialists were surveyed in March 2020 on the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on wound care and their clinical practice. The panel expected inadequate wound diagnosis, delays in treatment, increased wound infection and inflammation and increased patient hospitalisations as a result of national lockdowns and redeployment of clinical staff to the acute setting. Seven specialists were followed up nearly a year later in January 2021 to ascertain the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic on wound care. To overcome the main challenges of the pandemic, the group proposed that supporting and educating carers offers an opportunity to improve patient care.

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