Holistic wound assessment
An approach that takes into account the combination of factors – inside and outside the wound – that affect the healing process.
In this section, you’ll learn all about:
- why correct wound assessment is so important
- what a holistic approach to wound assessment involves
- how to define a wound management plan
- how often you need to do a wound assessment
Why is wound assessment so important?
Living with a wound has a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. As many of you know from your own clinical practice, non-healing wounds are not only painful; they also cause great distress for the patient.1,2 (‘Advancing practice’/’Health-related quality of life’)
Both patients and HCPs worry why the wound is taking so long to heal and what might be going wrong. Some have to deal with the smell of exudate, which might stop them from going out altogether – adding social isolation to their pain and distress.
Knowing how to assess the patient’s wound correctly is the key to putting an end to all this suffering.
That means covering all the factors that affect the wound’s healing process – from identifying the underlying cause of the wound and the barriers that are preventing it from healing, to setting clear treatment goals and aligning expectations with the patient.
We call this approach holistic wound assessment. Let’s take a closer look at what that involves.