ABSTRACT: Assessing the level of tissue destruction in wounds can be a confusing challenge. This important task is frequently accompanied by questions and the need for clarification to accurately classify the level of damage seen in wounds. The purpose of this article was to present several known classification systems to help clarify this issue for the clinician.
This article presents the most common classification systems for wounds, such as skin tears, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, and arterial ulcers, in order to improve awareness for clinicians treating chronic wounds.
Holly Korzendorfer, PhD, PT, CWS, FACCWS, is Vice President of Business and Clinical Development at DermaRite Industries, LLC, Paterson, New Jersey. Pamela Scarborough, DPT, MS, PT, CDE, CWS, CEEAA, is Director of Public Policy and Education at American Medical Technologies, Irvine, California. Heather Hettrick, PhD, PT, CWS, FACCWS, MLT, DAPWCA, is Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The authors have disclosed they have no financial relationships related to this article.
Submitted January 18, 2012; accepted March 1, 2012.