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) Wound assessment part 1: how to measure a woundVIEW PDF

    Wound measurement is an essential part of wound assessment. It should be recorded on initial presentation, and at regular defined intervals as part of the reassessment process. Changes in dimensions are a key indicator and can even predict healing. There are...

  2. Accurate assessment of different wound tissue typesVIEW PDF

    To facilitate successful wound management is a key role of the tissue viability specialty. Accurate assessment of the type sof tissues involved in a given wound allows for correct diagnosis and the development of effective management strategies. Here, the...

  3. Addressing the basic principles of wound careVIEW PDF

    Recently, a nursing friend of mine returned from a charity trip to a resource-poor country. He knew he would be encountering patients with traumatic wounds and pressure ulcers, so before he went, he asked me for some recommendations on wound management practices...

  4. Articulated bed frames and heel ulcer prevalenceVIEW PDF

    Pressure ulcers to the heel are becoming of increasing concern; indeed, there is a section detailing specific guidance on the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers to the heel in both the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2014) and National...

  5. Choosing the appropriate dressing: silverVIEW PDF

    This article looks at the uses of silver dressings based on holistic and wound assessment. It examines when to use and the benefits of reducing the bacterial load in the wound bed.

  6. Cost-effective management of wound exudateVIEW PDF

    This clinical evaluation explores the complex challenges involved in managing exudate as part of a holistic wound treatment plan. The benefits of using Kliniderm® (Aria Medical) superabsorbent dressings for patients, nurses and the National Health Service...

  7. Describing a wound: from presentation to healingVIEW PDF

    Being able to identify the tissue types within a wound is an essential skill when caring for wounds, because it informs understanding of the stage of wound healing and selection of safe and appropriate dressing products. Incorrect identification can have serious...

  8. Diabetic foot ulcer management in the communityVIEW PDF

    Diabetic foot ulceration can be confusing and frustrating, and there can be difficulty in knowing exactly where to start. This article hopes to delineate the major areas of concern and act as an aide-memoire. The management of diabetic foot ulceration remains...

  9. Haematomas: management and treatmentVIEW PDF

    Lower-limb haematomas require prompt intervention in order to minimise the extent of tissue loss. Management can be challenging, as people with lower-limb haematomas are frequently older and often present with multiple comorbidities, or have been prescribed...

  10. Incision management with negative pressure wound therapy: a new mode of action?VIEW PDF

    Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been traditionally associated with large, open chronic and acute wounds. As technology has progressed, these systems have become smaller, portable and more useful in other indications. The use of NPWT in closed incisions...