Nursing studies

Wound assessment and management: a guide for nursing students

Get to know the different wound types you will encounter in practice, how to assess them accurately and select appropriate dressings, and what prevents wound healing

Get to know the different wound types you will encounter in practice, how to assess them accurately and select appropriate dressings, and what prevents wound healing

Managing a patient’s wound is a fundamental aspect of nursing care, but there is marked variation across UK services, according to NHS England’s National Wound Care Strategy Programme .

With reported underuse of evidence-based practice and overuse of ineffective practices, what do nursing students need to know to help improve wound management?

What are the main kinds of wounds?

Broadly speaking, wounds are categorised as acute or chronic. Acute wounds occur suddenly, rather than over time, can happen anywhere on the body, may be surgical or traumatic – including self-harm

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