by Karen Zulkowski DNS, RN, CWS
Documenting wounds is always problematic for staff. It is important that wounds be assessed consistently both for measurement and characteristics. The use of pictures is also controversial. Pictures can help or hurt you if you are sued. However, consistent documentation of the wound, treatment and care planning that accompanies a picture would be useful.
While most of us go to the app store and download things we like, developing any app is actually time consuming. In working on our wound app we had many face-to-face meetings, calls, and trials of prototypes. Developers think differently than nurses so communicating what we wanted was interesting at best, and frustrating for our developer. However, we persevered and have the basic app model completed and will be adding the care planning piece soon.