A Analysis On Wound Management

1338 Words Nov 8th, 2014 6 Pages
Wound management is one of the cornerstones for nursing care however, effective wound care extends far beyond the application of the wound itself. Nurses may be required to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate wound care; therefore, order to fill these roles it’s critical to have an understanding of the several different areas of wound care such as, integumentary system, classification of wounds, wound procedures, and documentation. Knowledge in each of these areas will allow nurses to make well informed decisions about wound care, and as a result play an active part in wound healing.
Integumentary System
The integumentary system or skin is our body’s largest organ, which weighs 20 pounds or more, accounting for about 16% of total body
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Below the dermis is where the subcutaneous tissue lies which is sometimes referred to as superficial fascia, and is composed of adipose tissue and connective tissue (Thibodeau, 2014, p.151). The subcutaneous tissue also houses lymphatic and nerve cells and provide insulation and allows our body parts to move freely with minimal resistance and/or damage (Thibodeau, 2014, p.151). Taken as a whole the integumentary system plays a major role as its function including protection against microorganisms, foreign matter, and water loss. Furthermore, the integumentary system allows for sensation of temperature, body heat regulation, pain and pressure which warns against potential injury.
Classifications of wounds
A wound occurs if there is damage to living tissue and any break in the skin’s integrity, and in the clinical setting being able to classify wounds can help guide their management and treatment. Wounds can be classified according to their healing process, healing by primary intention involves only the regrowth of the epidermis, and healing occurs quickly (Potter, 2014, p.1264). These wounds involve minimal scarring and pose a low risk of infection examples of such wounds are surgical wounds, superficial injuries, and first-degree
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