Methods of wound assessment documentation: a study
Clair Sterling Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Lewisham NHS Trust, London
This study investigated whether relevant parameters of wound assessment are documented more frequently if a wound assessment chart is used. Wound assessment documents from three clinical areas were analysed. Content analysis was carried out on all of the wound assessment documents. Criteria against which to analyse the documents were formulated from a literature review. The hypothesis that relevant parameters of wound assessment were documented more frequently when a wound assessment chart was used was supported. Some criticisms and potential improvements of the wound assessment chart also emerged.
Nursing Standard. 11, 10, 38-41. doi: 10.7748/ns19188.8.131.52.38.c2430