Prevention of pressure ulcers in community care settings Linda Nazarko looks at how to identify and manage these increasingly common sores Wound bed preparation: employing the TIME acronym Creating a stable wound bed is an essential part of the healing process, writes Edwin Chamanga Managing wound exudate Managing wound exudate presents significant challenges in clinical practice, despite successful innovation, research and an improved understanding of wound management. By Edwin Chamanga Addressing pressure ulcer issues Shear and pressure damage remain a significant issue for the NHS, explains Edwin Chamanga Prescribing antibiotics for woundcare In recent years, there has been a drive to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, which has contributed to the emergence of bacterial resistance. Managing heel pressure ulcers to improve quality of life Collaborative working between members of the multidisciplinary team and a clear understanding of the patient's goals are essential, explain Annie Clothier and Melissa Blow. The underlying causes of foot ulceration Understanding the disease processes that lead to foot changes in people with diabetes will help nurses identify those most at risk of ulceration, says David Morris 1 comment Do no harm: reducing pressure ulcers in a care home setting Pressure ulcers are not an inevitability in some patients. Annie Clothier explains SSKIN bundles and their role in prevention. The cleansing of chronic wounds Routine wound cleansing can be detrimental to fragile new tissue, so it is vital to adapt a plan of care to meet the needs of the the patient, writes Menna Lloyd Jones Theory of moist wound healing Lee Yarwood-Ross explains why moist wound healing is better than dry healing and discusses the optimal level of moisture Case study: treating an infected wound of unknown aetiology Menna Lloyd-Jones presents a case study demonstrating the effective use of honey as a topical antimicrobial agent in the treatment of a wound infection Managing wound infection Infection can slow the time it takes for a wound to heal.Trudie Young looks at the guidance available to help nurses enhance their practice Importance of holistic wound assessment It is important to undertake a holistic assessment of the patient who presents with a wound. Karen Ousey and Leanne Cook give an overview of the key responsibilities.