Triangle of Wound Assessment Made Easy

Wound assessment is essential in informing the selection of appropriate therapeutic strategies to achieve clinical goals, e.g. wound healing and improved patient wellbeing. This Made Easy describes a new approach to wound assessment that encourages clinicians to look beyond the wound edge to...

PolyMem dressings Made Easy

As healthcare budgets are put under pressure, providers increasingly need to balance reduced cost with providing high-quality outcomes. This has led to more wounds being treated in the community, creating a need for non-specialists to acquire knowledge about advanced wound care products. However,...

Hybrid support surfaces Made Easy

The number of people at risk from pressure ulcers is increasing due to an ageing population and a rising prevalence of long-term conditions globally. Since most pressure ulcers are preventable, greater demands are being placed on practitioners to implement strategies for prevention. The variety of...

Wound Infection Made Easy

It is important that clinicians understand how infection develops, how signs and symptoms manifest in various aetiologies, and how and when to initiate use of topical antimicrobials and systemic antibiotics in wounds clinically diagnosed as infected. This made easy reviews current practice and...

MMPs Made Easy

This article describes what MMPs are and the importance of their role in normal and disrupted wound healing. In particular, it discusses the relevance of MMPs to clinical practice, including current and potential interventions aimed at modulating their activity.

Exudate Management Made Easy

Exudate production by open wounds is essential for moist wound healing. However, when wounds produce insufficient or too much exudate, and/or the composition of the exudate is harmful, a wide range of problems can occur that ultimately delay healing, distress patients and consume considerable...

Soft silicones Made Easy

Soft silicone dressings have been available for over 10 years and were developed to minimise the problems of pain and trauma at dressing change, to protect the periwound skin and promote comfort during wear. However, not all soft silicone dressings are the same and clinicians need to understand how...

EPA Made Easy

Elevated protease activity (EPA) may disrupt wound healing. This Made Easy describes the types of wounds that may have EPA and how wounds with EPA may be identified. The methods that may be used to reduce protease activity to a level where healing can progress are also discussed.