Wound care: Ensuring a holistic and collaborative assessment

ArticleinBritish journal of community nursing 16(9):S6-S16 · September 2011with1,622 Reads
DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2011.16.Sup9.S6 · Source: PubMed
Wound assessment has developed into a specialized and complex area of nursing practice. Care plans and interventions are based on the initial assessment, which must therefore be accurate and clearly documented to support correct ongoing wound care and patient management. It is vital that the underlying and contributing patient factors to both wound development and healing, delayed healing or non-healing are considered throughout the process. Evaluation of interventions must be regular and consistent. This article will discuss the importance of holistic and collaborative assessment for the patient with a wound, exploring factors affecting healing and considerations to be made on initial and continous levels.
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