WOUND CHARTING SUGGESTIONS:
A. What is the underlying etiology contributing to the wound site?
Neuropathic, diabetic, end-stage renal disease, spinal cord injury, paraplegic, ischemic/pressure injury, dyspnea.
B. Where is the wound located anatomically?
Pressure points include: occiput (back of head), scapula, spine, elbow, sacrococcygeal, trocanter, ischial tuberosities, malleolus (ankle), heel.
Friction sites may include gluteal folds, under the abdominal pannus, any skin fold, under breasts, axilla, groin, buttocks (espcially if using briefs), heels.
Document in relation to head, feet, front, or back. Commonly used terms include: proximal/distal; superior/inferior; medial/lateral; anterior/posterior; dorsal/plantar.
C. What do the wound bed and wound edges look like?
Clean, raised, rolled, curled, smooth flat, irregular, clearly defined, epibole.
D. What size and shape is the wound?
Round, oval, semi-circular, T-shaped, rectangular, punched-out. Depth may be full thickness, partial thickness, unable to be assessed.
E. What kind of drainage is present, amount, color, and odor?
Serous, sanguinous, serosanguinous, purulent, tan, opaque, clear, cloudy. Odor may be foul or sweet, “yeasty”
F. What is the condition of the surrounding skin?
Smooth, glossy, moist, blistery, weepy, “woody”, intact, healthy, erythermatous, ecchymotic, macerated, dry callus, hyperpigmentation.