An estimated 2.4 – 4.5 million people in the United States suffer from treatment-resistant wounds each year. These wounds such as necrotic wounds, diabetic wounds, pressure wounds, venous wounds and non-healing surgical wounds take an average of 12 months to heal and have a 60 – 70% chance of recurrence, making them a major challenge not only for those who suffer from these types of conditions but also for the providers who care for them.1
The care and treatment of chronic wounds, or wound therapy, requires a specific plan for each patient, oftentimes involving a team to include physicians, nurses, dietitians and caregivers. Wound care providers have a specialized understanding of anatomy, wound care modalities, debridement techniques and positioning, allowing them to develop wound care plans for each patient.
Jennie Bourne, APRN, CWA is a certified wound care provider at the Wound Care Center within West Kentucky Surgical. For more information, please call 270.753.2444.
1. Frykberg, Robert G., and Jaminelli Banks. “Challenges in the Treatment of Chronic Wounds.” Advances in Wound Care 4.9 (2015): 560–582. PMC. Web. 15 May 2018.