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The Art of Skin and Wound Care Documentation

Hess, Cathy Thomas BSN, RN, CWOCN

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT extra

PURPOSE: To provide physicians and nurses with an overview of strategies for descriptive documentation of skin and wound assessments and interventions.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in learning about strategies for documenting skin and wound assessments and interventions.

OBJECTIVES: After reading the article and taking the test, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe documentation related to the use of risk assessment and manual assessment tools.

2. Describe documentation related to the use of skin and wound assessment tools.

In this continuing education feature, the author presents an overview of strategies for descriptive documentation of skin and wound assessments and interventions

President and Director of Clinical Operations, Wound Care Strategies, Inc, Harrisburg, PA, Clinical Consultant, Advances in Skin & Wound Care, Ambler, PA

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this education activity.

Adapted from Hess CT. Clinical Guide: Wound Care. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.