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Wound Patient Education Tools in Patients Primary Language:
Assessment and Planning
First visit and ongoing:
Assess for other discipline: PT, OT, Speech, SW and HHA. If needed:

  • Obtain approval from D.O.N
  • Speak with MD, obtain verbal orders; write and send Interim Orders.
  • Request in managed care report.

Reassess d/c plan at every visit
If further visits needed- at least 1 week prior to planned D/C date:

  • Obtain approval from D.O.N
  • Speak with MD, obtain verbal orders, write and send interim orders.
  • Write managed care report 1 week prior to any change.


  1. Assess and reconcile all medications. Instruct in purpose, route, frequency, side effects.
  2. Fully assess wound at SOC and all subsequent visits. Compare to baseline status at every visit.
  3. Assess wound in the context of comorbidities. Instruct pt/caregiver(s) on wound healing, including effect of comorbid conditions. Instruct patient/caregivers all aspects of assessment including s/s infection, size, all aspects of drainage, changes in wound bed, slough/eschar, periwound for skin integrity, wound edges.
  4. Photograph wound at first or second visit and send to CWCN for consult.
  5. Provide wound care as ordered and instruct patient/caregiver, as appropriate, on wound care procedure per agency protocol and physician order.
  6. Evaluate ability to perform wound care independently. Teach and observe return demonstration, including all aspects of infection control. Continue to observe until patient/caregiver are safe in performing all aspects of wound care safety.
  7. Instruct on wound healing diet, including foods high in protein and Vitamin C.


  1. Knowledge of reasons to take medications as ordered with understanding of route, frequency, purpose and side effects, as appropriate. (V)
  2. Knowledge of three (3) s/s infection and methods to prevent. (V)
  3. Provides safe wound care following proper technique. (D)
  4. Knowledge of wound deterioration and when to call CHN or MD based on wound bed, drainage, periwound, and other. (V)
  5. Knowledge of three (3) foods high in protein. (V)
  6. Knowledge of three (3) foods high in Vitamin C. (V)
  7. Knowledgeable regarding any comorbidities that will impact wound healing. (V)