Managing overgranulation tissue around gastrostomy sites.

The development of overgranulation tissue around gastrostomy sites isa common problem. While there is little evidence to suggest that one treatment is more effective than another, a review of current practice suggests that there is an opportunity to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes in this area of care. The authors performed a simple practice-based audit to identify the extent of the problem within one geographical location. A care pathway approach was introduced,which reinforced the basic principles of care and encouraged the use of a 'double-foam' dressing on overgranulation tissue. A foam dressing impregnated with polyhexamethylene biguanide was used at the wound interface, providing a safe and effective alternative to managing overgranulation. Findings showed that a strategic approach to managing overgranulation tissue around gastrostomy devices can improve patient outcomes and clinical practice.
AuthorsLinda Warriner, Pam Spruce
JournalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing) (Br J Nurs) 2012 Mar 8-21 Vol. 21 Issue 5 Pg. S14-6, S18, S20 passim ISSN: 0966-0461 [Print] England
PMID22489337 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Adult
  • Bandages
  • Female
  • Gastrostomy (nursing)
  • Granulation Tissue (pathology)
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Audit
  • Skin Care (methods)
  • Specialties, Nursing (methods, standards)
  • Wound Healing (physiology)

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