All Wounds Are Not The Same!
Wound assessment (Subjective)
Remember to ask the client: á
Timing - Cause/When first appeared
Better/Worse - What treatments have worked/what hasn¡¦t. á
Changes from initial wound
Associated Symptoms ¡Vitching, pain, redness.
A full ROS will also highlight any other problems that need to be addressed in order to maximise wound healing.
Wound Assessment (Objective)
Crisp and Taylor (2005) use the following headings when attempting to objectively describe a wound:
Another way to classify wounds is by the colour, which identifies the healing phase. A wound may be a mixture of colours:
Black - necrotic/dead tissue
Yellow ¡V fibrous exudate
Red ¡Vgranulation tissue
ODHB (Otago District Health Board) use this classification system to assess wounds, and have adopted a wound assessment tool as part of their co-ordinated care pathways.
(see attached form as an example)
When cleaning the wound, the 2 most common methods involve :
irrigation with warmed 0.9% Normal Saline
using a gauze soaked with 0.9 % normal saline to wipe the wound. (Remember 1 gauze = 1 wipe!)
What method (a or b) would you use to cleanse wounds #1 to #5?
Crisp,J & Taylor, C. (2005). Potter & Perry¡¦s Fundamentals of Nursing. (2nd ed) Elsevier: Australia.
Wound care made incredibly easy(2003). LWW.Philidelphia
ODHB co-ordinated care pathway assessment tool(2003), MIDAS doc 23648...
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