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Wound Care – Wound Healing
Treatment of wounds is a multi-factorial issue. The doctor and patient need to work together to achieve wound closure. Some of those issues include:
Non Healing WoundsNon Healing Wounds are generally defined as wounds that do not show progression after 4 weeks of conventional treatment as outlined above. Such wounds may require more aggressive steps.
Footlaw.com has seen instances where wounds are treated the same way, week after week, month after month. Then suddenly the wound, and even the surrounding bone becomes seriously infected and the patient ultimately loses their foot, and/or leg. After 4 weeks, if the wound is not progressing toward healing, or is not close to healing, then if you keep doing the same treatment, you are likely to get the same result (a non-healed wound). Unfortunately, these wounds, if left open, frequently result in severe infection and often, unnecessary amputation.
Cavalier and apathetic attitudes are common and often taken, such as: "Diabetic wounds often don’t heal and they often get infected and amputations are common."
Evolving standards, based on Evidenced Based Medicine point to specific adjunctive wound healing modalities if wounds have not decreased by 50% after as little as 4 weeks of treatment.
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Contact the members of Footlaw.com if you have had an amputation because your wound was not treated properly.