The Surgical Wounds workstream is developing recommendations and information to improve the care of people with open surgical wounds where wounds have either intentionally been left open to heal by secondary intention or have dehisced (re-opened).

The workstream is responsible for:

  • Drafting evidence-informed recommendations to reduce unwarranted variation, improve safety and optimise patient experience and outcomes.
  • Identifying evidence gaps where further research is needed.
  • Identifying areas of unmet need to inform innovation.
  • Scoping the evidence base to identify current relevant evidence.


The surgical wounds clinical workstream is working closely with the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.

We are now welcoming feedback on the most recent draft of the Surgical Wounds Recommendations.

The list of Surgical Wounds workstream members is available here.

Resources to support care surgical wounds for clinicians, patients and carers are available here.

If you would like to be involved in the consultations on the work of this workstream, please sign up to a Stakeholder Forum here.  Stakeholder Forum.


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