Through years of clinical practice and teaching, I have
observed that orientation to each major clinical nursing
specialty usually leads the novice to ask a somewhat predictable
set of questions ranging from specialty-related
communication, to assessment and anatomy, physiology,
and pathology involved in frequently seen conditions to
questions related to the planning and implementation of
patient care. Many excellent texts are available to provide
in-depth information related to these topics.
The day-to-day responsibility for wound management is usually
undertaken by nurses. It includes assessing the wound, selecting an
appropriate treatment and evaluating the patient’s progress. To do
this effectively the nurse needs to understand the healing process,
recognise factors that may delay wound healing, understand how
wound healing can be optimised, know how to recognise complications
if they arise and know how to treat them.