Overview of Wound Care by The Open University

Last updated Thursday 10th June 2021

Whenever wound care is carried out it is important to work within the guidelines and policies of your organisation, especially in relation to wound cleansing and the use of dressings.

Tissue viability practitioners are an invaluable source of information and will be able to give you up-to-date advice on the appropriate care for each wound type. Your organisation may have a tissue viability practitioner; if this is so you may want to spend some time asking them about their role and the support they can offer to those caring for service users with wounds.

With all wounds, if bleeding is present it should be controlled before the wound is cleaned and dressed.