Resources to guide the management of suspected infection in chronic wounds

Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Publication date:
19 January 2018


In December 2015, the Scottish Health Technologies Group published a Health Technology Assessment: Antimicrobial Wound Dressings (AWDs) for Chronic Wounds. The HTA concluded that the evidence to support the use of AWDs was insufficient in terms of quality and quantity. It identified the need for a nationally agreed management algorithm to guide the use of AWDs in NHSScotland. The Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics Branch, at Scottish Government, supported the formation of a multidisciplinary short life working group (SLWG) consisting of wound specialists, podiatrists and Prescribing Advisors from across Scottish Health Boards. The SLWG developed the following resources using best practice and expert consensus.

These resources were not produced by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, but are being hosted on our site.

These resources are provided for Boards to review, as necessary, to fit with their local guidance, for example sepsis screening tool, local formularies for dressings and antibiotics. These resources aim to standardise a clinician’s approach to wound care, reduce variation in practice, and reduce any inappropriate use of AWDs.