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Wound Management Resources

Prevention

Pressure injury/ulcer prevention starts with assessment of the patient’s risk level and continues with interventions individualized for predicting pressure ulcer risk.

Learn about the Braden Scale risk assessment tool and the importance of the six subscale scores — sensory, perception, mobility, activity, nutrition, moisture, and friction/shear — when determining prevention interventions for a patient.


View a video which explains the Braden Scale

For additional information, go to BradenScale.com

Wound management

Effective wound management incorporates many best practices, such as Wound Bed Preparation, TIME Principles for removing barriers to healing, comprehensive prevention protocols and more.

The tools and sites below can help you enhance your wound management program.

Choosing the right type of debridement for your patient can be complex. This guide can help you determine the right method for each of your patients.

Download the D.E.B.R.I.D.E Guide

Websites:
NPUAP.org
WoundCME.org
AAWConline.org

Resource guides

Our resource guides have been developed by clinical professionals just like you. The guides provide information and formats for checklists that can be edited to meet your institution's specific needs.

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
A Quality Assurance process measures defined aspects of care against established standards with the goal of ensuring the care elements are delivered at an acceptable level. Performance Improvement programs continuously measure and evaluate processes to identify areas where improvement is needed and implement approaches that address those needs. The Clinician’s Resource Guide outlines necessary steps and actions to create or enhance a QAPI process in your facility.

Download the QAPI resource guide

Transitions of Care
Today’s patient often must transition between various settings during their course of care. The healthcare professionals managing a patient’s care and transition to other facilities must communicate the care needs and a summary of the care provided across the continuum of care. This transition is very important as incomplete or incorrect information could create life-threatening consequences for the patient. The Transitions of Care Resource Guide provides a framework for building guidelines and checklists for transitioning those in your care with consistent quality and safety.

Developed by professionals Dedicated to Quality Wound Care (PDQWC), supported by Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management

Download the Transition of Care resource guide

Patient education

Providing patients and their caregivers education that is meaningful can be challenging.

The educational programs we offer are created for patients and their caregivers in a format that is easy to access and meets the established criteria for effective patient education.

Courses in English

Keeping your skin healthy 
Sensing the signs of pressure ulcers
Skin changes at life’s end
Sores that will not heal
Treatment of sores
Understanding debridement of sores

Courses in Spanish

Keeping your skin healthy 
Sensing the signs of pressure ulcers
Skin changes at life’s end
Sores that will not heal
Treatment of sores
Understanding debridement of sores

See all courses

Education

Smith & Nephew believes continuing clinical education is important. Each year we train more than 150,000 healthcare professionals around the globe. Additionally, we provide tools that can be used at the bedside to support critical thinking and reinforce best practices. Our team of clinicians are specialists in skin and wound care and provide face-to-face education for large groups and live webcasts via C2B Connect.

Pathway to Excellence
Designed to support and enhance your education program, Pathway to Excellence is built on four core concepts: understand, simplify, streamline, and support and strengthen.

Download the Pathway to Excellence brochure