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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | November 2017

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A practical guide to systematic wound assessment to meet the 2017–19 CQUIN target

A practical guide to systematic wound assessment to meet the 2017–19 CQUIN target
Wound Care

Article topics: Community nursing, CQUIN target, Tissue viability, Wound assessment

Improvement of wound outcomes is a priority for the NHS if the cost of wound management is to be reduced. Failure to undertake a full holistic wound assessment can result in inappropriate and ineffective treatment, resulting in delayed healing, which can have a negative effect on patient quality of life and healthcare resources. NHS England has commissioned a CQUIN scheme for 2017–19. This comprises 13 indicators which seek to improve quality and outcomes of care for NHS
patients, while supporting local areas in delivering their sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs). The tenth national indicator focuses on ‘improving the assessment of wounds’. This article provides a practical guide to systematic wound assessment for community nurses so that CQUIN targets can be met, and also introduces a new tool from BSN medical, an Essity company, to help nurses in this area.