Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

FEBRERO 2015 N° 1 Volumen 18

Ingrowing Nails. Nursing care after laminectomy

Section: Hands on

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Dalfó Pibernat A, Dalfó Pibernat E, Dalfó Baqué A. Uña encarnada. Cuidados enfermeros tras una laminectomía. Metas Enferm feb 2015; 18(1): 66-70.


1Artur Dalfó Pibernat, 2Enric Dalfó Pibernat, 3Antoni Dalfó Baqué


1Enfermero. EAP Horta. Institut Català de la Salut (ICS). Barcelona. Profesor asociado. Departamento de Enfermería. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Barcelona. Profesor asociado Enfermería. Escola Sant Joan de Déu de Barcelona (UB). Barcelona.2Enfermero. 3Médico de familia. EAP Gòtic. Institut Català de la Salut (ICS). Barcelona.

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Minor surgery involves a set of procedures which are increasingly used in Primary Care. The main role played by Nursing Professionals is essential for addressing and following up the majority of cases.
In this article, we will describe the case of a 43-year-old man, with a wound after laminectomy for an ingrowing nail (onychocryptosis), as a consequence of lack of knowledge regarding toenail care. Problems and nursing diagnosis used are described, as well as planning for treatment interventions, taking into account their expected outcomes and evolution.
An overall assessment of the person, and not only “his” wound, with an individualized plan of nursing care, allowed pain control, achieved wound epithelization, and prevented any potential complications (pain, bleeding).
Besides, the risk of relapse was reduced by informing the patient about the importance of foot care, and the correct way to cut his toenails.


Ingrowing nail; minor surgery; wounds; cures; Primary Careplan of care

Versión en Español


Uña encarnada. Cuidados enfermeros tras una laminectomía