UW School of Nursing

March 24, 2022

UW Wound Academy | Wound Assessment

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Wound Assessment
On-Demand Program


This module covers the components of wound assessment and provides interactive opportunities for practicing assessment skills.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals and other individuals involved in the care, management and treatment of patients with wounds.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you will be better able to:

  1. Identify general patient health issues which can affect healing.
  2. Describe a systematic approach to wound assessment.
  3. Describe how to measure a wound.
  4. Differentiate types of viable versus non-viable tissue.
  5. Identify common chronic wound locations.


  • Patient assessment factors
  • Pain
  • Psychological concerns
  • Location
  • Dimensions and measurement
  • Tissue involvement and wound depth
  • Tunneling and undermining
  • Appearance of the wound base
  • Wound edges
  • Periwound skin
  • Infection in chronic wounds
  • Wound exudate
  • Wound etiology
  • Documentation