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Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000305408.12608.a2
Features: Clinical Management Extra

Measuring Wound Length, Width, and Area: Which Technique?

Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN; Anderson, Julie PhD, RN, CCRC; Hanson, Darlene RN, MS; Hunter, Susan MSN, RN; Thompson, Patricia RN, MS

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To provide practitioners with evidence-based recommendations for measuring wound size.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in wound care.

OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

1. Describe different methods of measuring wound size and their advantages and disadvantages.

2. Discuss a research study conducted to determine the most accurate ruler technique for measuring wounds.

3. Identify evidence-based wound measurement data and recommendations for clinical practice.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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