Practical wound management in long-term care

Lester J. Kiemele, Paul Y. Takahashi

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Abstract

Chronic wounds are frequently seen in long-term care residents who have coexisting chronic medical conditions. Treating these wounds can be a challenge. Given the vast number of wound care products available, it can be confusing when deciding which wound care product to use for a specific wound. The costs associated with treating chronic ulcers in the long-term care setting can also be challenging. Four types of chronic ulcers will be discussed: ischemic ulcers, venous ulcers, neuropathic ulcers, and pressure ulcers. Each ulcer type requires a unique treatment plan in order to facilitate healing. Ischemic ulcers require improved blood flow. Venous ulcers require compression. Neuropathic and pressure ulcers require adequate off-loading and pressure relief. By understanding these key principles, wound healing is possible by using a practical and cost-effective approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume12
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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