By the WoundSource Editors
A myriad of factors need to be addressed when evaluating a patient with a wound. A thorough patient history, including previous wounds, surgeries, hospitalizations, and past and existing conditions will help guide your clinical assessment, in addition to a number of questions specific to the wound(s) being assessed. Following is a list of general questions to ask when evaluating a wound care patient. (Please note that this list is not comprehensive and is intended only to serve as a guide):
Always refer to your facility's intake and assessment protocol for thorough assessment and documentation of the patient and the patient's wound. Gathering answers to these questions and taking a holistic approach to assessing the patient, not just the wound, will support treatment options and offer early identification of factors that may become barriers to wound healing.
Editor's Note: This blog has been adapted from the article, "Top 30 Questions to Assess both a Patient and a Wound," by Jackie Brace, PhD, RN-BC, CWOCN, APRN-B, published to WoundSource.com on October 24, 2008. This article has been expanded and updated for comprehension by Kestrel Health Information staff editors.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, HMP Global, its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.