Non-healing wounds are a frustrating health problem for many people. Wounds that just don’t heal can arise from long periods or immobility, injuries or surgical incisions. Whatever the cause, these wounds require intensive care to prevent complications and encourage healing.
Fortunately, for many patients with stubborn wounds, hospitalization may no longer be necessary. Wound care centers, home health care teams and advanced technology have enabled people with complicated wounds to care for themselves at home.
Why wounds occur
When sustained pressure causes skin breakdown and eventually cell death, an open sore results. If pressure on the skin is more that the force of the blood flowing through the capillaries, the small blood vessels are closed, preventing blood from reaching the tissues. Often neurological disorders prevent patients from recognizing a dangerous situation because they cannot feel pain in areas that have excess pressure. Add poor circulation and poor nutrition into the picture, and it’s a perfect set up for a long-term wound that is resistant to healing.
Anyone who has limited mobility is at risk for pressure sores, or ulcers due to sustained pressure. This problem is especially prevalent in elderly patients, or those confined to a bed or wheelchair. People with conditions which compromises their immune system are also at high risk for ulceration and infection. Click here to read treatment and pevention of wound care.
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