Wound Care Questions & Answers

Updated: Apr 24, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Zubin J Panthaki, MD, CM, FACS, FRCSC  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is the prevalence of pressure ulcers requiring wound care?

What is the incidence of heel pressure ulcers requiring wound care?

What is the prevalence of pressure ulcers requiring wound care among patients residing in long-term care facilities?

What is the incidence of venous ulcers requiring wound care?

What is the prevalence of diabetic foot lesions requiring wound care?

What is the pathogenesis of pressure (decubitus) ulcers requiring wound care?

What is the indication of a neoplasm etiology for nonhealing wounds?

What is the progression of pyoderma gangrenosum requiring wound care?

What are the signs and symptoms of sickle cell-related wounds?

Which factors adversely affect wound healing?

Where can information be found on arterial insufficiency requiring wound care?

What is the pathogenesis of chronic venous insufficiency requiring wound care?

What is the role of lymphedema in the etiology of lesions requiring wound care?

What is the role of neuropathy in the etiology of lesions requiring wound care?

When is a biopsy indicated in wound care?

What is the role of radiation in the etiology of nonhealing wounds?

What is the role of gamma radiation and x-ray exposure in the pathogenesis of nonhealing wounds?

What is the role of ultraviolet radiation in the etiology of nonhealing wounds?

What causes wounds associated with erythema ab igne (EAI)?

What are the signs and symptoms of atheroembolism syndrome requiring wound care?

What are the histologic findings suggestive of pyoderma gangrenosum wounds?

What are the cutaneous signs and symptoms of calciphylaxis?

How are the skin lesions of necrobiosis lipoidica characterized?

What are the signs and symptoms of vasculitic wounds?

What are the signs and symptoms of anticoagulant-induced skin necrosis requiring wound care?

What are the signs and symptoms of actinomycosis israelii-related wounds?

What are the signs and symptoms of yaws-related wounds?

How are yaws wounds treated?

What are the signs and symptoms of lesions of pinta?

What are the signs and symptoms of mucormycosis-caused lesions?

What are the signs and symptoms of cutaneous anthrax lesions?

What is the hemostatic or inflammatory phase of wound healing?

What is the proliferative phase of wound healing?

What is the remodeling phase of wound healing?

What is first intention wound healing?

What is second intention wound healing?

What is delayed primary closure wound healing?

When do wounds require assessment?

What is the role of skin in wound prevention?

What are the histologic strata of the epidermis?

What anatomy of the dermis is important in wound care?

What anatomy of skin appendages important in wound care?

What is the prognosis of wound care?

Presentation

What are the key elements associated with impaired wound care?

What are complications of nonhealing wounds?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in wound care?

What is the role of imaging studies in wound care?

When is biopsy indicated in wound care?

Treatment

What is the approach to treatment of difficult wounds?

What should be included in wound assessment?

What causes inadequate oxygenation of wounds?

What is the role of nutrition in wound care?

What are nutritional requirements for adults during wound healing?

When should malnutrition be suspected during wound healing?

How is chronic malnutrition diagnosed during wound healing?

What are the effects of vitamin and mineral deficiencies on wound healing?

What are issues to address during wound care?

What is the role of wound culture in wound care?

What are the signs and symptoms of an infected wound?

What is the treatment for infection in wound care?

What are the signs and symptoms of osteomyelitis during wound care?

What is the role of imaging studies in osteomyelitis wound care?

How is osteomyelitis treated in wound care?

How are foreign bodies in wounds removed?

How are wounds irrigated?

When is whirlpool treatment indicated for wound care?

Why are moist dressings needed for wound care?

When are polyvinyl film dressings indicated for wound care?

When are hydrocolloid dressings indicated for wound care?

Which dressings are used for care of exudative wounds?

Which topical agents are used in the care of infected wounds?

When is the use of Manuka honey indicated in wound care?

How is wound bandaging achieved in challenging anatomic areas?

Which dressings are indicated for care of wounds surrounded by fragile skin?

What are the indications for Becaplermin gel 0.01% (Regranex) in wound care?

What is the role of collagen in wound care?

Which topical agents have been used for wound care?

Which topical agents should be avoided in the treatment of wounds?

What are the indications for compression therapy in wound care?

How is pain managed during wound care?

What are possible complications during treatment of pressure ulcers?

Which factors are associated with higher prevalence rates of pressure ulcers?

How are pressure ulcers managed?

What is the role of support surfaces in the care of pressure ulcers?

How are heel pressure ulcers managed?

What is included in wound care of venous ulcers?

What is included in wound care of diabetic foot ulcers?

How are lymphedema wounds treated?

What are the surgical options for wound care?

What is the role of autologous skin grafting in surgical wound care?

What is the role of cadaveric allograft in surgical wound care?

What is the role of bioengineered skin substitutes in surgical wound care?

How is delayed primary closure performed in surgical wound care?

What wound care treatments are under investigation?