Wound Care 101 Guide: Basic Principles of Healing And Management

wound care 101 guide

Here’s a simple wound care guide – to help you assess, heal and manage wounds. But you should always seek help from a doctor or nurse. This wound care guide is simply meant to give you a quick overview.

I have a cousin who has been dealing with an unhealed wound. After talking with her, I could fully see what a disheartening experience wounds can become. 

Some wounds cause recurrent pain and discomfort.

I decided I didn’t want people to suffer alone – and without some helpful healing tips and insights.

So, I am posting these wound care 101 tips below – to help people out there who have wounds on their skin which will not close and heal naturally.

Wound Care 101 Guide

1. Explore clinics which are set up solely to treat your particular wounds.

There a variety of specialty clinics out there which are helpful for specific kinds of wounds.

  • old surgical wounds
  • diabetic foot ulcers
  • a venous leg
  • pressure ulcer

With the help of skilled staff and advanced treatment methods, you can be on your way to a life free of suffering from old wounds.

2. Wounds Caused By Addiction Need Special Attention

If your wounds are caused by addiction, you will need to look into very specific treatment options – like a chronic pain inpatient treatment center.

3. Take extra care with “stuck wounds”

Ordinarily, long-term wound care is not necessary – since the body has natural defense mechanisms in place to heal and repair damaged areas of the skin relatively quickly.

However… there are some injuries to the skin – such as venous leg ulcers – which become what are known as “stuck wounds,” where the healing process is entirely stunted. 

When this happens, medical intervention, such as leg ulcer treatment, can be necessary  – because the wounds will not close and heal by themselves normally. 

Venous leg ulcer treatment is needed in these cases – because these wounds can become incredibly painful – and lead to prolonged daily suffering. 

4. Become aware of underlying health issues

If you have a persistent wound, you must explore a number of potential underlying health factors.

  • diabetes
  • infections
  • continuous trauma that is causing wounds to fail to heal and close properly

These issues need to be identified correctly so that they can be taken into account when receiving treatment – like in the case of ulcerated legs treatment. Plus this also applies to any treatment for any hard-to-heal wound on the body.

Basically, it is likely the wound will only worsen with time if the root causes are not addressed.

5. Get a consultation as soon as possible

No matter what the cause of your wound, it is important to get a consultation with medical professionals sooner rather than later. In fact, there can be dire consequences if you delay – some of which might be life-threatening. 

In fact, if you’re dealing with pressure ulcers – or any kind of open wounds – if you delay in seeking a consultation, you can be putting yourself in serious risk.

One of the main dangers:

  • infection

6. Become aware of warning signs of infection

Some common warning signs of infection include:

  • increased redness in the skin around the wound area
  • a raised temperature
  • the emission of yellow, green or brown, foul-smelling pus from the wound.

If left untreated, health conditions such as sepsis can occur which may ultimately lead to shock and organ failure. 

6. Watch out for Cellulitis

Cellulitis can also develop if the bacteria from open wounds infects surrounding skin. Or even more dangerously, infects the tissues beneath the skin and spreads to the bloodstream.

7. Watch out for Bone and Joint infections

You must also be on the look for bone and joint infections – which can become further complications

The severity of these conditions cannot be underestimated!

  • Amputation of the infected area may become necessary if treatment is delayed too long!
  • In the very worst cases, your life might be threatened.

However, the outlook will be much brighter if effective pressure ulcers treatment or wound treatment generally is sought. So run – taxi – uber to a clinic, doctor, emergency room as soon as possible!

6. Take Extra Care if You Have Restricted Mobility

If you have restricted mobility – due to your wounds – you may find yourself in need of pressure sores treatment. Please tend to these pressure sores. After all, open wounds that will not heal can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. You don’t want the added pain of pressure sores to add to your discomfort.

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