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): Optimising skin care in intensive care: a literature reviewVIEW PDF

    This paper will focus on the prevention and management of moisture-associated skin damage, centring on a review of the literature surrounding the topic. The aim is to identify and explore some of the methods available to clinicians in optimising skin health....

  2. Wound Essentials 7(2): Safe debridement in the community settingVIEW PDF

    It is widely accepted that wound debridement is necessary for optimal wound healing (Haycocks and Chadwick, 2012). Debridement has become an accepted part of wound bed preparation with the ultimate aim of achieving a clean, healthy, granulating wound bed (Benbow,...

  3. Wound Essentials 7(2): The causes, presentation and management of chronic oedemaVIEW PDF

    Oedema is the swelling of tissues due to excess extracellular fluid in the body, usually caused by a disturbance in the lymphatic circulation. This article looks at the multidisciplinary approach needed to combat this trying condition.

  4. Wound Essentials 7(2): The practical use of foam dressingsVIEW PDF

    Efficient and cost-effective management of excessive exudate continues to challenge clinicians. Foam dressings are commonly used in the management of moderate-to-heavily exudating wounds and can be applied to a variety of wound aetiologies. This article...

  5. Wound Essentials 7(2): Top tips for caring for patients with a surgical woundVIEW PDF

    Postoperative care of a surgical wound forms an integral part of a clinician’s knowledge base, due to the large number of surgical procedures carried out annually in the UK (11 million according to the Department for Health [DH], 2009). This article...

  6. Wound Essentials 7(2): Top tips for identifying a moisture lesionVIEW PDF

    This article looks at methods for avoiding the development of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and provides some useful tips for practice.

  7. Wound Essentials 7(2): Top tips for managing the skin around a woundVIEW PDF

    When wounds exudate excessively or the wrong type of dressing is used, the periwound becomes damaged. This article explains some key reasons for excessive exudate and offers a few tips to keep the periwound healthy.

  8. Wound Essentials 7(2): Top tips on the use of foamsVIEW PDF

    Foam dressings have been used in wound management for more than 25 years and there are many different forms available. There are also myths that have evolved around the use of foam dressings and this article seeks to demystify them and highlight best practice.

  9. Wound Essentials 7(2): Understanding the basics of wound assessmentVIEW PDF

    This article looks at the various steps that must be undertaken in order to provide the patient with a thorough and effective wound assessment. The assessment should be holistic and focus on the patient’s physical and mental wellbeing.

  10. Wound Essentials 7(2): Wound care provision in an out-of-hours district nursing serviceVIEW PDF

    In England and Wales, more than 2.6 million people receive care from a district nurse each year (Queens Nursing Institute [QNI], 2009) and an often unreported area of this service is the out-of-hours service provided from 6pm to 8am daily and at weekends....