This can be done by the use of modern dressing materials which either lock the exudate within the body of the dressing or allow the safe passage of exudate through the dressing by means of its MVTR (moisture vapour transmission rate).
Patients with diabetes, neuropathy or vascular disease are at a higher risk for chronic wounds and increased wound drainage.
This assessment of the wound can include monitoring the number of dressing changes required a day and a visual inspection of the removed dressing.
Some clinical continuity can be maintained through the use of an assessment tool such as an exudate continuum.
The amount of exudate which is produced is individual to the wound however always tends to rise during the inflammatory phase and if infection is present.
A delicate balance to keep the correct amount of fluid at the wound interface needs to be achieved.