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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.
Be sure to check with your clinician if you have any concerns about wound healing.
Following a clinician’s directions for wound care is essential to healthy healing. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many people volunteered to help cleanup efforts, despite the possibility of injury. The Galveston County Health District released a reminder for individuals to adequately treat wounds and ensure they see a clinician if they sustained anything serious, as one man suffered an infected wound and necrotizing fasciitis developed.
Also known as “flesh-eating bacteria,” the infection kills soft tissue, generally at a wound site, and it can be a fatal condition. As Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County Local Health Authority explained, “It’s most likely this person’s infection occurred when bacteria from Harvey debris or floodwater entered his body through a wound or cut,” and he added, “This is a very rare infection.” Individuals who are injured should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this condition, especially if they live or work in a high-risk area.
A serious wound infection
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis will develop rapidly and the bacteria associated with the infection causes the skin to die. The condition can be fatal in a short amount of time and A Streptococcus (group A strep), Klebsiella, Clostridium, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Aeromonas hydrophila are responsible for causing this condition. A patient will often need surgery and antibiotics as soon as it is determined that dangerous bacteria has entered the wound site and begun to grow. It is important that anyone who suffers a wound learns how to care for it properly to avoid this scenario.
Symptoms and prevention
A patient who contracts necrotizing fasciitis will experience something akin to the flu including vomiting or diarrhea, said UPMC Health Beat. The wound site will likely be red and swollen and severe pain that does not necessarily match the severity of the wound may occur. To prevent this scenario, a patient should use hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap to clean the hands before touching the wound site, and he or she must keep a wound clean and dry and covered with a bandage until it is fully healed. If a patient has an open wound, it is prudent to stay away from open water – ponds, lakes, streams or the ocean – until it is healed, and it is also a good idea to skip the swimming pool or the hot tub, just to be on the safe side.
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Clinicians should emphasize the importance of proper nutrition to patients at risk of pressure wounds.
Clinicians know the important role that nutrition plays in wound treatment. It is not only is vital to the wound healing process, but also gives the patient the energy needed to keep active and prevent the wound from becoming critical or developing at all.
Researchers are developing a 3-D wound measurement tool they hope will yield more accurate results.
Wound measurement is a vital part of wound care, giving key information on the progression of the healing process. But with several different measuring techniques, an assessment may be different depending on the clinician and the method used.
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.