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 abushby@omniamed.com


  1. Vox pops: what is the major innovation in wound care since you started your career?VIEW PDF

    We asked five experts in the field of wound care to describe the most important innovation that they have witnessed in their practice since beginning their career.

  2. Wound Essentials 12 (1) An overview of compression hosieryVIEW PDF

    Compression therapy is considered the gold standard treatment for conditions such as recurrent leg ulcers, varicose veins, venous eczema and lymphoedema. It is important therefore that healthcare professionals have a comprehensive knowledge of the compression...

  3. Wound Essentials 12 (1) appropriate seating solutions for pressure ulcer preventionVIEW PDF

    The prevention of pressure ulcers should be a 24-hour concern. Much attention is usually paid to the support surface a patient or individual has on the bed, and how often and into what position they are repositioned to prevent skin damage occurring. However,...

  4. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Deliberate self-harm injury — promotion of self-care utilising a ‘rescue pack’VIEW PDF

    Clinicians and patients are frequently challenged by the demands of deliberate self-harm injury, including risk of infection, and multiple attendances to accident and emergency departments and general practice surgeries (Kilroy-Findley, 2015). Intentional...

  5. Wound Essentials 12 (1) How DACC dressings work to reduce bioburden and bacteriaVIEW PDF

    This article outlines the use of antimicrobial dressings that contain dialkyl carbamoyl chloride (DACC). Unlike traditional antimicrobial dressings, DACC dressings bind to pathogens rather than destroying them. This reduces the level of bacteria in the wound...

  6. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Impaired wound healing in the diabetic footVIEW PDF

    Diabetic foot ulcers and their consequences are a tragedy for the person affected and a considerable financial burden on healthcare services and society. This article considers why diabetic foot ulcers fail to heal and considers appropriate, evidence-based,...

  7. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Innovations in heel protectionVIEW PDF

    Heels are the second most common site for pressure ulcers to develop. Yet nearly all of these injuries are preventable. Guidelines and recent campaigns have given healthcare professionals clear protocols to follow to ensure their patients do not develop preventable...

  8. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Interventions in neuropathic pain: options for management of the hidden hurt VIEW PDF

    Neuropathic pain can be complex, as the nerve fibres themselves are damaged, dysfunctional or injured. As a result, they transmit incorrect signals, at times with minimal provocation or, in fact, without stimulus. Treatment of neuropathic pain can be difficult,...

  9. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Investigating and managing varicose veins in practiceVIEW PDF

    Varicose veins are common, and are usually caused by weak vein walls and valves. Most people with varicose veins will not have any complications at all, and may only present because of the appearance of the tortuous veins. Healthcare professionals should assess...

  10. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Skin care and barrier protectionVIEW PDF

    This article considers skin maintenance and the function of barrier protection which will be outlined and the use and mis-use explored. A conclusion is made that there is a need for the implementation of fundamental principles and the appropriate use of barrier...