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 12 (1) Use of antiseptics for wound cleansing — a literature reviewVIEW PDF

    There is no doubt that clinical infection causes death, distress and costs the NHS. There is a long history in the fight against bacterial contamination of wounds and there is still debate on how that fight should continue. Nevertheless, there are great strides...

  2. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Wound assessment part 3: how to assess wound margins and periwound skinVIEW PDF

    Assessment of the margins around a wound and the periwound skin is an important part of good wound care that should be given as much attention as assessment of the wound bed itself. In some cases, the appearance of the margins can help clinicians diagnose...

  3. Wound Essentials 12 (1) Wound biofilms: what makes them stick?VIEW PDF

    A biofilm is simply a community of microorganisms encased in a glue-like matrix that protects them from the environment. Many chronic, non-healing wounds fail to progress because of a biofilm being persistently present in the wound. This paper outlines the...

  4. Wound Essentials 12 (1)The burden of woundsVIEW PDF

    ‘Every so often, a piece of research or a study will be published that makes people sit up and take notice. It becomes instrumental in changing the way we view and deliver care. I suggest that the Burden of Wounds Study by Guest et al (2015) is one of these.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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,...