Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Documentation’

We’ve Always Done It This Way: Flagyl Crushing & Other Wound Care Bad Habits

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Off-label drug use and questionable documentation are just two wound care bad habits that can get clinicians into trouble. Don’t just accept it because “We’ve Always Done It This Way” .

Wound Care Bad Habits



As clinicians, we use our knowledge, training and experience to find solutions and take care of patients in the best way possible. We learn about standards of care, scope of practice, and facility policies and procedures to guide our actions and care-giving.

There are several outdated common practices and treatments, however, that continue to surprise us. While there are plenty examples to talk about, let’s cover some of the issues most often brought to our attention.



Monday, January 18th, 2010

Wound Measurement

Wound Measurement

Wound Measurement and Documentation is a daily task the wound care professionals utilize in their practice. There are various tools like flow sheets, tracing materials, measuring tapes, skin markers, labels, and other products specifically designed for wound assessment, measurement and documentation.

Measuring Guide

There are varying types of documentation methods  from print to electronic, digital photography to tracing. For example, tracings are used to measure the surface of a wound and provide a clear, visual picture of how a wound appears without the use of a camera. Some institutions prefer not to photography and tracing or measurement based documentation is preferred. Some Departments of Health require film based photography only and others are more accepting of Digital Photography.


Wound measurement tools are used to determine length, width, and depth. They are available in a wide variety of materials, including plastics, paper, or soft film and as single-patient use or reusable.

Kiss Healthcare

The use of wound measuring tools help documentation to be consistent and more exact in measuring the status of a wound as to whether it is progressing or regressing or remaining static. There is no question that documentation is a necessity. The more accurately we document, the better we can convey the understanding of what we are trying to relay to other health care professionals and readers of the patient’s chart.

So what kinds of measuring and documentation tools do you use in your wound care setting?

The Wound Care Education Institute will teach you how to accurately measure wounds in their Skin and Wound Management Course. Check out our list of dates and locations for more information about becoming Wound Care Certified