Wound Assessment

From the Wound Care series

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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is for nurses to further explore the components of, and increase their skills in performing a systematic, standardised, accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.

Topics include:

  • Characteristics of a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Standards for wound management
  • Measuring wound dimensions
  • Evaluating wound progress

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with wounds.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the characteristics that are included in a comprehensive wound assessment
  2. Describe the various clinical presentations of each wound characteristic
  3. Describe how to accurately measure wound dimensions
  4. State how to evaluate wound progress


The purpose of this VLA is for nurses to enhance their knowledge and skills in regards to assessment of wounds. The focus is on undertaking a comprehensive and accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.


A comprehensive assessment of wound characteristics is a fundamental component of wound management. It includes wound dimensions, exudate quantity and quality, wound tissue type, odour, pain, wound edge and surrounding skin. A thorough, systematic wound assessment contributes to determining wound aetiology and severity, is the basis upon which treatments and wound dressings are determined, and allows progress to be measured. Whilst nurses are required to assess and record wound characteristics, many have never received formal training regarding how to do this. Texts often list the components of a wound assessment, but frequently lack description regarding those components. This can lead to nurses making varied and sometimes inaccurate assessments of wound characteristics. Using systematic, standardised wound assessment methods based on an informed, sound understanding of wound characteristics promotes reliability and confidence in wound assessment, leading to better decision making regarding wound management and ultimately improved outcomes for patients.

Nurses in Australia are required to obtain a minimum of 20 continuing professional development (CPD) hours each year that relates to their context of practice in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.


Citing this Video Learning Activity

  1. Using Harvard referencing style:

    Templeton, S 2018, 'Wound Assessment', Ausmed Education, viewed (insert date), https://www.ausmed.com.au/learning-centre/wound-assessment-description

  2. Using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition referencing style:

  3. Templeton, S. (2018). Wound Assessment [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.ausmed.com.au/learning-centre/wound-assessment-description