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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

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: January 2008 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 42-45
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000284967.69863.2f
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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.

This continuing education activity discusses the various techniques used to measure a wound.

Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN • Distinguished Professor Emeritus • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Julie Anderson, PhD, RN, CCRC • Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Darlene Hanson, RN, MS • Clinical Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Susan Hunter, MSN, RN • Associate Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Patricia Thompson, RN, MS • Clinical Assistant Professor • University of North Dakota College of Nursing • Grand Forks, ND

Dr Langemo has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with or financial interest regarding this educational activity. Dr Anderson has disclosed that she was affiliated with Vista Medical. Ms Hanson has disclosed the she was a recipient of grant/research funding from Vista Medical. Ms Hunter has disclosed that she was affiliated with Vista Medical. Ms Thompson has disclosed that she was affiliated with Vista Medical. All staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc, has identified all faculty and staff conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.