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Quick Facts - Complex Wound Management

Quick Facts - Complex Wound Management

Complex wounds can be acute or chronic, and they occur in patients with comorbidities or psychosocial factors that complicate or impair healing. Diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, and infected wounds are common types of complex wounds. Wound dehiscence and pyoderma gangrenosum are less common.

Risk factors for complex wound development include patients’ living conditions, cognitive ability, and socioeconomic status, in addition to concurrent illnesses and polypharmacy. Patient education and caregiver involvement are key components of wound care, which may also include debridement and advanced techniques.

This fact sheet contains useful information on complex wound development and predisposing factors, as well as types of complex wounds and current best practice therapeutic modalities that wound care professionals can implement when caring for patients with these often treatment-resistant wounds. The fact sheet includes the following topics:

Characteristics of complex wounds
Pyoderma gangrenosum
Wound dehiscence
Biofilm prevalence in acute and chronic wounds
Psychosocial and other risk factors
Advanced wound care treatments

Download Quick Facts – Complex Wound Management to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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