Patients with minor traumatic wounds are a common and universal presentation to emergency departments, and their assessment and management requires the use of cognitive and motor skills. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology,combined with decision-making skills,are essential for clinicians to undertake a thorough assessment, develop a care planand provide effective wound management.This article discusses the importance of wound irrigation and debridement, as well as different methods available for wound closure. It is important that clinicians are competent in the motor skillsrequired to perform these tasksto enable effective care delivery. Nurses should be aware of the latest research in the field and implement best practice in their clinical settings.
Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10573Correspondence
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Received: 25 May 2016
Accepted: 23 June 2016
Published online: 13 October 2016
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