Nurse-led management of hypertrophic and keloid scars.

Davies K, Nduka C, Moir G. Nursing Times. 2004 Feb 3-9;100(5):40-4.


Keloid and hypertrophic scars are difficult to treat, and their management requires a structured approach with input from a multidisciplinary team. Typically, patients are treated in busy, general clinics–an environment that is not suitable for these patients, whose treatment can take considerable time and requires emotional support. The development of a dedicated, nurse-led keloid scar clinic covering scar management and skin camouflage is described, the benefits of which have been evaluated. Results to date show that it is cost-effective, that it has reduced the non-attendance rate at the clinic, and that it improves compliance and has led to better resolution of scars in a shorter time than previously.