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 10 (2) Appropriate selection and use of barrier creams and filmsVIEW PDF

    Maintaining skin integrity is vital in cases of incontinence or highly exuding wounds. For patients whose skin is regularly exposed to irritant fluids such as wound exudate, urine or faeces, protection is required and a barrier product may be used. This article...

  2. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Are you ready for revalidation?VIEW PDF

    Registered nurses across the UK cannot have failed to be aware of the changes introduced to revalidation to come into effect from April 2016. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the nursing press have published the new requirements widely over the...

  3. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Biofilms: the myths and realitiesVIEW PDF

    There has been an increasing interest in biofilms and their possible contribution to the non-healing of chronic wounds. Currently, there is no gold standard for identifying if a biofilm is present, and many strategies are still under investigation to establish...

  4. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Eliminating avoidable pressure ulcers: NICE quality standard 89VIEW PDF

    Pressure ulcers are the most frequently occurring harm to patients according to incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System in 2011–12, however, the majority of pressure ulcers could be avoided. This article provides a guide to eliminating...

  5. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Fungating wounds: causes, characteristics and impact on patientsVIEW PDF

    Fungating wounds are a complication of cancer and may develop in patients with advanced disease. They are caused by direct infiltration of the skin, tissues, mucosa, blood or lymph vessels by a tumour or metastatic deposit. They can be painful, produce high...

  6. Wound Essentials 10 (2) How to identify and treat allergies to wound therapiesVIEW PDF

    Patients with a wound are at an increased risk of developing an allergy to the dressings and topical products used to treat it. It is therefore important to know how to identify allergies and treat them in order to minimise their impact on patient care.

  7. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Impact of compression therapy on chronic venous diseaseVIEW PDF

    Chronic venous disease is known to affect up to 50% of the adult population and it is estimated that 1% of individuals will suffer from venous leg ulceration during their lifetime (Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine et al, 2011). Venous leg ulcers...

  8. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Prevention and management of pressure ulcers and moisture lesions in the bariatric patientVIEW PDF

    Obese patients are at high risk of skin breakdown and the development of moisture lesions and pressure ulcers, due to a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Prevention and management of ulceration requires appropriate equipment and education around...

  9. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Seeking clarity in minor burn management: part 2VIEW PDF

    Burns injuries pose a significant challenge to inexperienced clinicians throughout their pathway of treatment. Accurate management needs to continue from the initial burns first aid, addressing scar tissue and associated complications to ensure successful...

  10. Wound Essentials 10 (2) Should necrotic wounds always be debrided?VIEW PDF

    Debriding wounds is considered to be an integral part of the management of chronic wounds and is recommended for the treatment and prevention of infection, and the management of exudate. This article looks at the definition of debridement, the different methods...