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) A day in the life: wound management in mental health careVIEW PDF

    Wound care involving patients with mental health problems requires a different approach to standard wound care. Here, a typical day with the clinical lead for tissue viability at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is described.

  2. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Caring for people with skin tearsVIEW PDF

    Skin tears are acute wounds, occurring as the result of a fall, blunt trauma, poor manual handling or damage from equipment. They cause unnecessary pain, discomfort, anxiety, and stress to patients and their families, and may result in extended treatment time...

  3. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Common skin and nail conditions in the older adultVIEW PDF

    Skin and nail conditions in aging skin can be detrimental to skin integrity, leaving patients vulnerable to secondary complications, such as tissue breakdown, infection and foot ulceration. In order to prevent these issues, foot assessments should be carried...

  4. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Detecting pressure damage in people with darkly pigmented skinVIEW PDF

    Identifying the early stages of pressure damage in patients with darkly pigmented skin can be difficult. This article explores current pressure ulcer categorisation systems and the advice for nurses who need to prevent pressure damage in all their at-risk...

  5. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Fundamentals of peristomal skin careVIEW PDF

    It is estimated that around 100,000 people in the UK live with a stoma. One of the most common problems encountered by ostomates (people with a stoma) is sore peristomal skin (the skin surrounding the stoma). With so many ostomates, it is more than likely...

  6. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Patient empowerment in wound managementVIEW PDF

    Patients have a right to play a central role in their own healthcare, as this improves their experience and satisfaction, and yields enhanced clinical and economic benefits. With the ever-increasing reduction in available trained healthcare professionals,...

  7. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Ten top facts about managing sinus woundsVIEW PDF

    The management of sinus wounds can be challenging and complex and requires a level of knowledge and skill to ensure all aspects of the pathology, management and psychological support is achieved. This article gives an overview of sinus wounds and covers...

  8. Wound Essentials 11 (1) The dos and don’ts of documentationVIEW PDF

    The documentation of wounds is complex and it can be difficult to know what to include. This article provides succinct advice on aspects of wound and nursing care that should be recorded, such as wound type, tissue characteristics, exudate, infection, pain,...

  9. Wound Essentials 11 (1) The fundamentals of nursing and pressure ulcer preventionVIEW PDF

    We are delighted to offer you, the reader, the chance to learn how Judy Waterlow MBE created the Waterlow Pressure Ulcer Prevention Treatment Policy. Here she is in conversation with her daughter, Fiona Stephenson. According to judy-waterlow.co.uk, “The...

  10. Wound Essentials 11 (1) Top tips for prevention of venous leg ulcer reoccurrenceVIEW PDF

    Despite positive outcomes from the use of compression bandaging to heal venous leg ulcers, often there is a reoccurrence of tissue damage. This can be due to various factors, such as unrecognised allergic contact dermatitis, weight gain and noncompliance...