Ask The Expert: When Your Wounds Don't Heal
Julie Raters, RN, program director of Franciscan Health Wound Care Services in western Indiana, answers your questions and shares expert insight to help you make informed decisions about helping wounds heal.
Q: When should someone seek the help of a wound care center rather than treat a wound at home?
A: While most wounds usually heal in two to three weeks, anyone who has an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, poor circulation, high blood pressure, poor nutrition, for example, will face more of a healing challenge.
A chronic non-healing wound is not a disease, but rather a result of one or more underlying conditions. Non-healing wounds require specialized wound care because of their underlying causes and their failure to proceed through an orderly and timely set of healing stages.
Franciscan Health Wound Care Services sees and treats patients with acute and chronic wounds caused most commonly by trauma, surgery, burns, pressure ulcers, arterial and venous ulcers and diabetes. Franciscan Health uses advanced wound care therapies and methods such a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), skin grafts, bedside debridement and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), to name a few. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in would closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and more.