Quick Facts - Non-Healing Wounds
Chronic wounds are expected to become more prevalent, given the aging population and the increased incidence of conditions, such as diabetes, that affect wound healing. Common non-healing wounds include pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, and arterial insufficiency ulcers. In the United States alone, care for chronic wounds is estimated to exceed $25 billion annually.
Symptoms of chronic wounds include persistent pain, pruritus, swelling, discharge, and odor. Standard of care for most wounds includes debridement, infection prevention or treatment, offloading, and moisture control.
This fact sheet contains information on chronic wound pathophysiology and treatment that wound care professionals will find helpful in daily practice to ensure the best possible wound healing outcomes for their patients. The following topics related to chronic wounds are covered:
Download Quick Facts – Non-Healing Wounds 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.