Wound EssentialsWound Essentials 12 (1) Wound assessment part 3: how to assess wound margins and periwound skin

Wound Essentials 12 (1) Wound assessment part 3: how to assess wound margins and periwound skin

Pressure Ulcers, Skin integrity | Elizabeth Nichols

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 wound aetiology. Re-epithelialisation occurs primarily from the wound margins and, therefore, any physical barriers to new cell growth need to be removed. The presence of conditions associated with vulnerable periwound skin (such as maceration or dermatitis) can hinder wound-healing and, as such, care should also be undertaken to optimise skin care around the wound.