Wound assessment Resources

01 August 2021
This article explores wound assessment and management, specifically the management in a challenging group of patients who inject drugs. It describes the development of a service to meet their specific needs and how this service has flexed and adapted over time. A case study is presented to showcase the assessment and subsequent management of a chronic wound, which developed as a result of injecting drugs, with Biatain® Ag Non-Adhesive with 3DFit™ Technology.
Topics:  Wound assessment
01 August 2021
It can be a bit daunting when you are faced with a complex, chronic wound that is failing to progress. What makes a chronic wound hardto- heal and where do you start with its management? It can also be challenging for patients because the wound may be affecting their quality of life, often causing a high volume of exudate, increased pain or discomfort and malodour (Atkins et al, 2019). This article describes what can make a wound become hard-to-heal and offers guidance on assessment and management and how the use of a collagen wound dressing, Cutimed® Epiona (Essity), can help promote wound healing.
Topics:  Wound infection
01 October 2020
Recently, the national wound care agenda has centred around the cost of wounds to the NHS, inadequate holistic wound assessment, reducing unnecessary variations in care and increasing supported shared care. This article demonstrates how one organisation, by transforming the delivery of wound care services into one, addressed those factors while also freeing up valuable community nurse time. It also describes how working in partnership with industry can not only assist in improving the care journey for patients, but also liberate and empower clinical staff.
08 November 2017

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.

Topics:  CQUIN target
18 August 2014

Wound debridement can be challenging for community nurses, who need to be able to quickly identify a wound’s status in order to proceed with treatment. This article looks at some of the basic factors that nurses should consider when debriding and cleaning a wound, paying particular attention to assessment and ‘seeing’ the wound, and how clinicians can better remove potentially damaging material such as slough and necrosis. The article also investigates how clinicians caring for patients with leg ulceration can treat the ‘whole leg’. Finally, the authors consider the benefits of a new product, the UCS® debridement cloth (medi UK), and its ability to help community nurses gently debride and clean wounds of all types, as well as reducing the burden of using buckets of water to clean patients’ lower limbs. This has important implications for many community nurses, particularly concerning strain to the back during lower limb cleansing and the infection risk of transporting, cleaning and storing buckets in patients’ homes. There is also a time factor, as debridement cloths mean that visiting nurses can reduce the time associated with filling and emptying buckets in both clinic and home environments.

Mark Collier describes how to assess wounds more accurately.
Mark Collier, B.A (Hons), RNT, RCNT, ONC, RN is a Lead Nurse Ð Tissue Viability, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals Tissue Viability Collaboration (ULHTVC).
Article accepted for publication May 2001.

Topics:  Evidence based

Irene Cooke gives an overview of nurse prescribing in relation to wound management.
Irene Cooke, RGN, SCM, DN, MPH, BSc (Hons), Non-Medical Prescriber, PGCHE is a Senior Lecturer/Pathway Leader in District Nursing, University of Chester.
Article accepted for publication: January 2007

Topics:  Education