Management of a complex wound in a person with spinal cord injury and mental illness

C. Phillips, N. Procter

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This paper highlights the important nexus between physical and mental health by examining a case concerning a patient with a lower spinal cord injury and mental illness who subsequently developed two pressure ulcers. It examines how clinicians can benefit from looking beyond typical assumptions when caring for an individual with complex needs in the community setting. In such circumstances, the need for a holistic and collaborative approach to wound care is vital. This involves taking into account the individual's mental health care needs, which can be overlooked in the first instance. Recommendations for clinical practice centre on involving the patient in his or her dietary, psychological and physical care, thereby helping to build resilience to any mental health problems and promoting a positive physical recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-412
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Mental illness
  • Mental state assessment
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Wound care


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