It is essential to understand how wounds are caused, and how they progress through the healing cascade, in order to select the appropriate dressings to manage them. Accurate assessment is dependent upon an understanding of the physiology of wound healing combined with knowledge of the presenting co-morbidities within the patient. We know that if the wound is treated in isolation from the patient then the right outcomes are seldom realised.
Wounds are most effectively managed using dressings which support moist wound healing and manage symptoms at the wound bed.
Within this section you can learn about what a wound is, the structure and function of the skin, the process of wound healing and why moist wound healing is deemed to be the most appropriate. It also guides you through patient assessment and classification.