Assessment and management of patients with minor traumatic wounds
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Assessment and management of patients with minor traumatic wounds

Joseph Bonham Advanced nurse practitioner, Emergency Department, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin, Ireland

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 plan and 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 skills required to perform these tasks to 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. 31, 8, 60-71. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10573


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 25 May 2016

Accepted: 23 June 2016