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Goal: the creation of a nursing protocol for adults with open abdomen wounds, in a State-owned social enterprise of the city of Bogota. Method: a descriptive and transversal study, whose sample was constituted by four (4) people with an open abdomen wound, and the contribution of the experience of the institution's professional nurse. The information gathered from an observation guide, from the photographic register of the evolution of four adults with an open abdomen wound and from a semi-structured interview made to a nursing professional form the Wound Clinics taken as reference, which serves as a guide and should be used further in future researches. Results: a nursing protocol is created, and is composed by twelve (12) flowcharts, grouped and divided in four basic guidelines. Conclusions: the protocol is the result of the description and analysis of the procedures performed by the nursing staff, who has a rich experience in the care of people with open abdomen wounds thanks to literature available to them. However, the construction of the protocol must be continued, taking into consideration not only the physiological aspect of the scarification process, but also the psychosocial dimension involved in the caring of adults with open abdomen wounds.
Keywords : abdomen; nursing care; ulcer; practice guideline.