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Assessment can be defined as information obtained via observation, questioning, physical examination and clinical investigations in order to establish a baseline for planning intervention (Collins et al, 2002). The effective management of patients with wounds and wound problems depends on the nurse taking a systematic, logical, holistic approach to assessment.
This includes assessment of the individual, the wound, factors affecting healing and the environment in which the patient lives and functions (Bale and Jones, 1997). Management of the individual patient is of the utmost importance and the patient journey should be monitored, assessed and reassessed at every stage to maintain high standards.