The color of a wound can tell you a lot about the progress of treatment.
Color is often used as a signal and to issue a warning: think stoplights and fire trucks. It’s an instantly recognizable way to indicate the condition of healing wounds, of which you need to be aware.
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Wound care Centers defines a chronic wound as one that does not heal in the generally-expected timeframe, which a clinician determines to be appropriate for that wound type. For some wounds this is a couple of weeks, and for others it is closer to six weeks.
Contracting the flu can mean wound treatment patients need to take special precautions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 9.2 million and 35.6 million people have contracted the flu in the U.S. each year since 2010, and many of those patients are also undergoing wound care.
When certain receptors are compromised, a specific bacterium on the skin can delay wound healing.
If a wound is properly cleaned and covered, the chances are quite high that it will heal properly. An infected wound will appear swollen, may have drainage of a cloudy or unpleasant color, and the surrounding skin may feel hot to the touch, according to Wound Source. The patient’s fever could skyrocket to over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and this person must seek medical attention from a clinician as soon as possible. When wound care guidelines are appropriately followed, the chance of infection diminishes, yet scientists at the University of Manchester have determined bacterium, which is already present on the skin in many individuals, may slow the wound healing process.
Learning the signs of chronic wound development can help patients seek help sooner.
One of the keys to successful treatment of chronic wounds is early detection. Recognizing the seriousness of a wound early can be an important step in addressing the patient’s needs and providing the right kind of wound care. But clinicians can’t provide timely treatment unless the patient recognizes they need help. Which makes learning how to recognize the stages of chronic wound development a vital tool in the patient’s battle to recover.