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. Wound Essentials 7(2): Best practice in continence skincareVIEW PDF

    Poor management of incontinence can result in a loss of patient dignity, prolonged hospital stay and increased care costs. It is the excoriation and maceration of skin that causes pain and patient discomfort, and can result in secondary infection....

  2. Wound Essentials 7(2): Changes that occur in older people's skinVIEW PDF

    With the UK population living longer, and with people over the age of 70 presenting with at least one skin condition, there is an increasing need to improve knowledge and management of skin conditions affecting the older person. Assessment of the older...

  3. Wound Essentials 7(2): Choosing the appropriate dressing: hydrocolloidsVIEW PDF

    This article looks at the benefits of using hydrocolloid dressings in the treatment of a range of wound problems, such as dry black eschar, as well as aiding autolytic debridement in sloughy wounds, surgical wounds, abrasions and minor burns.

  4. Wound Essentials 7(2): Compression therapy for venous leg ulcers: part two - inelastic, short-stretch bandagesVIEW PDF

    As an essential tool in the clinician’s armoury, compression therapy bandaging, and, by extension, inelastic, shortstretch bandaging, is on the front line in the fight against ulceration, but, as this article explains, factors such as chronic oedema...

  5. Wound Essentials 7(2): Differentiating between pressure ulcers and moisture lesionsVIEW PDF

    This article focuses on the ability of nurses to assess and differentiate between superficial pressure ulcers and moisture lesions. There is also a debate over the validity of the distinction. The differentiation between moisture lesions and pressure...

  6. Wound Essentials 7(2): EditorialVIEW PDF

    Welcome to the second issue of Wound Essentials for 2012. Hopefully, you will continue to find the content useful, as well as appropriate, for your clinical setting.

  7. Wound Essentials 7(2): Examining the multifactorial nature of wound infectionVIEW PDF

    Infection is a complex interplay between the host, a potential pathogen and its virulence, and the environment (European Wound Management Association [EWMA], 2005). The diagnosis of infection is a clinical judgement decision (World Union of Wound Healing...

  8. Wound Essentials 7(2): Improving home care workers' skills in venous leg ulcer careVIEW PDF

    This article describes a collaborative project between social care and wound care services aimed at increasing the skills of home care workers in emollient therapy and the safe application of compression hosiery. It is hoped that this project will help in...