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 10 (2) Fungating wounds: causes, characteristics and impact on patientsVIEW PDF

    Fungating wounds are a complication of cancer and may develop in patients with advanced disease. They are caused by direct infiltration of the skin, tissues, mucosa, blood or lymph vessels by a tumour or metastatic deposit. They can be painful, produce high...

  2. Wound Essentials 10 (2) How to identify and treat allergies to wound therapiesVIEW PDF

    Patients with a wound are at an increased risk of developing an allergy to the dressings and topical products used to treat it. It is therefore important to know how to identify allergies and treat them in order to minimise their impact on patient care.

  3. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Impact of compression therapy on chronic venous diseaseVIEW PDF

    Chronic venous disease is known to affect up to 50% of the adult population and it is estimated that 1% of individuals will suffer from venous leg ulceration during their lifetime (Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine et al, 2011). Venous leg ulcers...

  4. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Prevention and management of pressure ulcers and moisture lesions in the bariatric patientVIEW PDF

    Obese patients are at high risk of skin breakdown and the development of moisture lesions and pressure ulcers, due to a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Prevention and management of ulceration requires appropriate equipment and education around...

  5. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Seeking clarity in minor burn management: part 2VIEW PDF

    Burns injuries pose a significant challenge to inexperienced clinicians throughout their pathway of treatment. Accurate management needs to continue from the initial burns first aid, addressing scar tissue and associated complications to ensure successful...

  6. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Should necrotic wounds always be debrided?VIEW PDF

    Debriding wounds is considered to be an integral part of the management of chronic wounds and is recommended for the treatment and prevention of infection, and the management of exudate. This article looks at the definition of debridement, the different methods...

  7. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Ten top tips for improving the diagnosis of cellulitis in the lower limbVIEW PDF

    Despite cellulitis being a common medical condition, it is frequently misdiagnosed. This article outlines ten top tips designed to aid the clinician in diagnosing cellulitis, as well as outlining an effective approach to treatment.

  8. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Top tips for skin graft and donor site managementVIEW PDF

    Although skin grafting has been associated with plastic surgery and specialist nursing historically, the procedure and postoperative management is not exclusive to the specialty and has been adopted by all fields dealing with skin defects. With the wider use...

  9. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Using newly acquired skills to debride a heel ulcer: a reflective accountVIEW PDF

    Changes to revalidation mean nurses will need to produce written reflective accounts of their continuing professional development. The author offers an example of this type of account, exploring and reflecting on the personal learning experiences of undertaking...

  10. Wound Essentials 10 (2) VoxPops: “Share an example when you have helped a patient who was non-concordant”VIEW PDF

    We asked five experts in the field of wound care to describe a time in their healthcare career where they had to overcome the challenges of treating a non-concordant patient.