Taking wound assessment beyond the edge

Findings from a recent global anthropological study have highlighted the importance of the periwound skin and its relevance to wound progression. The study reveals that both healthcare practitioners and patients view management of the periwound skin as an integral part of wound healing. While current wound assessment tools offer a standardised approach to assessment of the wound, there is no easy-to-use validated tool for periwound assessment. This article explores the concept of going beyond the wound edge and presents an intuitive model that integrates assessment of the periwound skin into the wound healing paradigm.