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The Chronic Wound: Conquering the Barriers to Wound Healing

Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON

Managing chronic wounds and non-healing wounds present a significant clinical and economic challenge for clinicians. With limited resources, an increasing patient population with greater morbidities, rising health care costs, new regulations and increased scrutiny, health care providers must provide wound treatment to patients in an ever-changing and complex landscape of care.

This webinar will provide clinicians with evidence-based knowledge on how to best diagnose and manage the chronic wounds that occur most frequently in today’s practice.


Why Won’t This Wound Heal?

Addressing Common Factors That Impact Wound Healing

When developing and implementing a wound care plan, health care professionals must look beyond predicted outcomes and the general processes of wound assessment, identification, and classification. This guide describes in detail the factors most commonly observed to affect wound healing. Careful consideration of these factors in treatment planning is an essential element of best practices in wound care.

Quick Facts – Chronic Wound Care

This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on managing chronic wounds. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

How Much Do You Know About Managing Chronic Wounds?

Take our 10-question quiz to find out!

Chronic Wound Assessment and Management: Important Terms to Know

Glycemic control: management of blood glucose levels.

Inflammatory phase: the body’s natural response to injury. Once hemostasis is achieved blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow allowing antibodies, white blood cells, growth factors, enzymes, oxygen and nutrients to the injured area. It is characterized by redness, pain, warmth, and swelling.

Proliferative phase: the rebuilding phase of wound healing with new granulation tissue consisting of collagen and extracellular matrix. These structures provide the foundation for new blood vessels to develop via angiogenesis.


Is This Wound Chronic?

Chronic wounds affect over 6.5 million people annually in the United States, with a total cost of over $26.8 billion per year.1 Proper identification of chronic wounds is necessary to develop an effective treatment plan, although many elements—such as…

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Skin Injury and Chronic Wounds: Shear, Pressure, and Moisture

Wound healing is a complex process that is highly dependent on many skin cell types interacting in a defined order. With chronic wounds, this process is disrupted, and healing does not normally progress…

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Chronic Wound Breakdown: Most Common Types of Chronic Wounds

In approaching the management of a chronic wound, the first step in developing a treatment plan that will combat chronicity and promote healthy healing of damaged tissue begins with understanding the…

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Chronic Wound Progression

The returning wound patient is in for reassessment. They are positioned for maximum visualization of the wound. You remove the dressing. Clean the wound. After a few additional steps, it’s time to measure the wound’s progress. Using your…

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Identification and Treatment of Chronic Wounds

Wound healing takes place when a wound moves through the phases of wound healing: the inflammatory phase, proliferative phase, and maturation phase. This usually takes place over the course of a few days to a few weeks, but when a wound becomes stalled in on of the phases for more than 30 days it is considered a chronic wound. The most common types of chronic wounds are venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and pressure injuries.

Chronic wounds impact over 6.5 million patients and cost over $26.8 billion in the US each year. Watch this brief overview video to learn more about chronic wounds and the educational resources made available on chronic wound management.

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