What Is a Chronic Wound? Assessment and Identification
Chronic wounds may have various etiologies, exist in multiple anatomic locations, and have numerous contributing factors. Understanding underlying health conditions, identifying key findings and risk factors, knowing the signs of infection, and the recognizing the impact of biofilm are all essential to a successful approach to chronic wounds.
This Practice Accelerator white paper defines chronic wounds, describes the phases of wound healing in normally healing wounds compared with chronic wounds, and discusses biofilm formation and wound infection.
Wound care professionals will appreciate this overview of the pathophysiology of chronic wounds, including wound assessment and management.
This white paper discusses the following topics:
Phases of wound healing
Etiology of chronic wounds, including comorbidities
Identifying a stalled or chronic wound
Signs and symptoms of wound infection
Role of biofilm in chronic wound development