Wound Essentials

Wound Essentials which was launched in June 2006 by Wounds UK is a \"must read\" for everyone in the wound care industry. It is an online journal and all articles are available to download FREE here.

For all enquiries, please email the editor: Adam Bushby [email protected]


  1. Wound Essentials 11 (1) VoxPops: “The most memorable person I have met at work”VIEW PDF

    We asked five experts in the field of wound care to describe the person who had made the biggest impression on them while working in the world of wound care, whether it be a patient or a colleague.

  2. Wound Essentials 11 (1) What is an Ankle Brachial Pressure Index?VIEW PDF

    This short article aims to discuss the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) in clinical practice and attempt to partially delineate some areas of confusion. It will discuss ABPI measurement and interpretation in relation to arterial perfusion, venous insufficiency...

  3. Wound Essentials 11 (1) What is wellbeing?VIEW PDF

    Wellbeing’ is a term that seems to be in use everywhere these days. We talk about health and wellbeing in the workplace, in the context of fitness and gyms, and as dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). There is even a national wellbeing...

  4. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Wound assessment part 2: exudateVIEW PDF

    Wound exudate provides the moist environment required for cell regeneration. However, in chronic wounds exudate can become excessive and prevent healing. Changes in the volume, colour, consistency and odour of exudate can indicate problems within the wound,...

  5. Are hydrocolloid dressings suitable for diabetic foot ulcersVIEW PDF

    The controversy surrounding the use of hydrocolloid dressings on diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) has stemmed from reports of infection and other adverse events. This article reviews the literature and evidence for and against the use of hydrocolloids for this...

  6. Wound Essentials 10 (2) A day in the life: wound management in palliative careVIEW PDF

    Wound care involving patients in palliative care requires a different approach to standard wound care with many of those encountered presenting with very compromised skin. Here, the workings of a hospice are shared with a typical day at the hospice also presented.

  7. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Appropriate selection and use of barrier creams and filmsVIEW PDF

    Maintaining skin integrity is vital in cases of incontinence or highly exuding wounds. For patients whose skin is regularly exposed to irritant fluids such as wound exudate, urine or faeces, protection is required and a barrier product may be used. This article...

  8. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Are you ready for revalidation?VIEW PDF

    Registered nurses across the UK cannot have failed to be aware of the changes introduced to revalidation to come into effect from April 2016. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the nursing press have published the new requirements widely over the...

  9. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Biofilms: the myths and realitiesVIEW PDF

    There has been an increasing interest in biofilms and their possible contribution to the non-healing of chronic wounds. Currently, there is no gold standard for identifying if a biofilm is present, and many strategies are still under investigation to establish...

  10. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Eliminating avoidable pressure ulcers: NICE quality standard 89VIEW PDF

    Pressure ulcers are the most frequently occurring harm to patients according to incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System in 2011–12, however, the majority of pressure ulcers could be avoided. This article provides a guide to eliminating...