Chapter 8. Wound Management in General Practice

  1. Marilyn Edwards MSc, BSc(Hons), SRN, FEATC, FPCert Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  1. Joy Rudge MSc, BSc, DipSN, RGN, DN Tissue Viability Nurse

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470988077.ch8

The Informed Practice Nurse, Second Edition

The Informed Practice Nurse, Second Edition

How to Cite

Rudge, J. (2008) Wound Management in General Practice, in The Informed Practice Nurse, Second Edition (ed M. Edwards), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470988077.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Bilbrook Medical Centre, Bilbrook, Staffordshire, UK

Author Information

  1. Wolverhampton PCT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 29 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470057490

Online ISBN: 9780470988077



  • wound management in general practice;
  • UK Consensus classification of pressure sores;
  • wound healing process - primary, secondary or tertiary intention;
  • moist wound healing;
  • wound assessment;
  • acute wounds - lacerations, bites and post-operative wounds;
  • measuring a wound;
  • factors affecting wound healing;
  • criteria for ideal dressing;
  • minor traumatic wound management


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Types of wound

  • The healing process

  • Wound assessment

  • General assessment of the patient – factors affecting healing

  • Wound cleansing

  • The ideal dressing

  • Dressing types

  • Management of minor traumatic wounds

  • Management of post-operative wounds

  • Management of leg ulcers

  • Nursing management

  • Summary

  • Key points

  • References