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. Are pressure ulcers painful?VIEW PDF

    There seems to be a myth that pressure ulcers are not painful. This article sets out to dispel this myth as the reality is often that pressure ulcers cause patients considerable pain and discomfort. Quality of life issues, the ways in which patients describe...

  2. Doppler assessment:getting it rightVIEW PDF

    Full leg ulcer assessments are important in order to identify the aetiology of patients’ leg ulcer and Doppler ultrasounds form a part of this. Doppler assessment training is an integral part of any leg ulcer management course that all nurses who care for...

  3. Eczema associated with venous leg ulcersVIEW PDF

    When associated with venous leg ulcers, eczema is known as gravitational eczema, stasis eczema, varicose eczema or venous eczema, due to its relationship to the underlying cause. These terms describe the skin changes that occur as a result of venous hypertension...

  4. Mental Capacity Act and its relevance to wound careVIEW PDF

    Patient consent is an absolute requirement before a health care professional can carry out any care or intervention for a patient. Most of the time this will not be problematic, but there will be occasions when clinicians encounter patients who refuse recommended...

  5. Patient perspective: surviving pilonidal sinus with infectionVIEW PDF

    Phil Martin is a 62-year-old father of four and chief executive oἀcer for a hospitality equipment company in Cambridge. Seeing Phil in his suit and tie, one would never know that less than 4 months ago, he was being discharged from the hospital where he...

  6. Ten top tips for everyday foot-care conundrumsVIEW PDF

    The population of the UK is around 64 million and the average person takes between 7,000–13,000 steps per day (Tudor-Locke et al, 2011). In a typical lifetime, our feet will take us more than 4 times around the circumference of the planet. It is perhaps...

  7. Ten top tips for taking high-quality digital images of woundsVIEW PDF

    Wound photography can enhance the assessment of the patient, their wound and environment if the images are clear. Used in association with a medical and wound history, images will influence decision making and the planning of treatment, and they also provide...

  8. Ten top tips for toe bandaging for chronic oedema/lymphoedemaVIEW PDF

    Toe bandaging is often seen as complicated and potentially dangerous, but with the right training and guidance this article sets out to underline the potential benefits, including controlling swelling in the toes and reducing the risk of infection.

  9. The role of the tissue viability nurseVIEW PDF

    This article describes the role of the tissue viability nurse (TVN), which can differ from one Trust to another. However, at the core of the role is the provision of expert advice in the prevention and the treatment of wounds of differing aetiologies. TVNs...

  10. Choosing the most appropriate dressing: foamsVIEW PDF

    Foam dressings have been common in the management of wounds since the 1970s. ἀis article examines their use in wound healing, as well as in exudate management through foam’s ability to hold fluid and transmit moisture vapour away from the wound through...