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Wound Care

A wound is a break in the skin that is caused by disease, injury, poor blood supply to the wound area, a surgical incision, poor nutrition or other causes. The body heals wounds through a natural process. At times, however, some wounds, big and small, don’t heal the way they should.

Many factors can play a part in preventing a wound from healing, such as diseases (e.g., diabetes, poor blood flow or other vascular problems) medications, infections and/or poor nutrition. A wound that doesn’t heal places a person at risk for infection and more serious complications. The wound can cause discomfort, pain, disfigurement, and can also place limits on a person’s activities and quality of life.

Franklin General Hospital has a certified advanced practice registered nurse (ARNP) who specializes in wound care. This includes treating acute and chronic hard-to-heal wounds and patients with lymphedema (a chronic condition in which excess fluid [lymph] collects in tissues and causes swelling).

Q. When should a referral be made to the wound clinic?

A. Anytime there is a non-healing wound; the sooner help is obtained, the better. Clients are treated with an evidence-based practice using wound healing principles, latest technology in wound management and a holistic approach.

For a referral to obtain specialized wound care, visit with your regular healthcare provider.




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