Summary & References
Local wound care provides an opportunity to promote a wound environment that will support wound healing. Selection of appropriate wound cleansers and dressings will depend on the wound healing classification, detailed wound assessment, patient preference and their environment. It is important that local treatment is re-assessed in a timely manner to ensure the overall goal of the patient and their wound is met.
- Wound documentation serves as a communication method to healthcare team members regarding wound status
- Consistent and thorough documentation is required and should follow organizational policies
- Comparing current wound assessment to previous documentation verifies wound trajectory often expressed as a percentage
- Clinicians need to be familiar with the 4 wound tissue types in order to guide appropriate and optimal treatment methods
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