February 2007, Volume 37 Number 2 , p 18 - 21
HANSON, DARLENE RN, MS; LANGEMO, DIANE RN, PHD, FAAN; ANDERSON, JULIE RN, CCRC, PHD; HUNTER, SUSAN RN, MSN; THOMPSON, PATRICIA RN, MS
At the University of North Dakota College of Nursing in Grand Forks, N.D., Darlene Hanson is a clinical associate professor of nursing, Diane Langemo is Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus and adjunct professor of nursing, Julie Anderson is an assistant professor of nursing, Susan Hunter is an associate professor of nursing, and Patricia Thompson is a clinical assistant professor of nursing.
SUPPOSE YOU'RE PERFORMING an admission assessment for a patient who has diabetes and several leg ulcers of mixed etiology. What's the best way to document the various wounds? In this article, we'll describe how to measure and document wounds accurately and consistently so that you can determine if the treatment regimen is working.
A reduction of more than 40% in wound size in the first 3 weeks indicates that a wound is healing. On the other hand, ...