As a former rugby player in his heyday, Bill will be the first to admit that not every cut, scrape, or laceration is a cause for concern. He suffered his share of these injuries. They always went away in a few days or weeks. But that doesn’t mean all wounds can be taken lightly. You see, Bill now has diabetic foot ulcers. He is one of the seven million Americans who suffer from chronic wounds that could start small but eventually linger, become infected, and dramatically impact a person’s quality of life. He promotes Wound Healing Awareness Month to his friends and family for this very reason—to ensure everyone realizes how vital early intervention and treatment can be.
There’s no denying that complex wounds are difficult to manage. Americans spend a collective $50 billion annually on wound care efforts because their wounds damage blood vessels and cause swelling that deprives damaged cells of critical oxygen. As a result, what appears to be a simple wound does not heal as quickly. Throughout June, our medical providers at StrideWoundCare will again promote Wound Healing Awareness Month. We want more people like Bill who experience wounds to receive the education and advanced solutions they desperately need.
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Tell Me More About Wound Healing Awareness Month (WHAM)
Wound Healing Awareness Month was created in 2016 by the American Board of Wound Care Management. Its purpose is to draw more attention to chronic wounds, the challenges wounds create for people affected, how specialized care can save limbs and lives, and the healthcare professionals who go above and beyond to help.
Concurrently, June 13-17 is also designated as Certified Wound Care Specialists Week in hopes that more professionals will work to become wound care certified. It is important to have all hands on deck to manage chronic wounds. Funds raised through the ABWM Foundation sponsor unbiased, evidence-based educational programs for patients and caregivers, scholarship opportunities to qualified individuals for the CWCA®, CWS®, and CWSP® examinations, and help administer a wound care examination to assist potential associates and diplomates in preparing for the exam.
Throughout the month of June, digital resources, including posters and social media graphics, are made available to help healthcare professionals promote Wound Healing Awareness Month and spur more patients to seek care. A quality treatment plan that is implemented early enough can improve wound healing outcomes for these conditions:
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Venous, arterial, diabetic, and pressure ulcers
- Gangrene or tissue death
- Radiation wounds
- Burn wounds
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Traumatic or crushing injury wounds
- Skin tears
- Complex abdominal wounds
Wound Healing Awareness Is Important for Seniors
As is consistently promoted throughout Wound Healing Awareness Month, chronic wounds are a burden and challenge. And this is especially true as we age. This is because our older skin offers much less protection from injury than younger skin, and we tend to have a slower healing process. As a result, all phases of wound healing are affected, including inflammatory responses being increased or delayed. Diseases that affect wound healing are also more prevalent in the elderly and have a greater adverse effect on healing than in young adults.
Most wounds are because of a variety of underlying conditions, including:
- Poor blood flow
- Circulation issues in the legs and feet
- Complications from diabetes
- Insufficient nutrition/lack of protein
- Low oxygen
- Surgeries gone wrong
- Prolonged pressure from immobility
Treating these conditions and so many more requires wound care that goes beyond the typical Band-Aid. Nurses have overseen wound healing for more than 150 years. This includes promoting therapeutic nutrition, mobility, psychosocial support, hygiene, and comfort. A certified wound care professional might start with a simple medication change while continuing to assess and monitor the wounds. In complex situations, biological skin substitutes, debridements, regular cleanings, and tailoring wound dressings to the unique needs of each patient will help with infection control and overall healing.
Along with these methods is the importance of educating patients and caretakers on care and injury prevention—especially during Wound Healing Awareness Month. If you have a wound that you’re worried isn’t healing quickly enough, it is never too early to visit a wound care nurse. It could be that the wound is healing just fine and that nothing needs to be done. But if it’s been a few weeks, seeking treatment now can avoid further complications.
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Take These Steps for Wound Prevention and Overall Health
- Lose weight — Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and is known to be a contributing factor with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and wound healing.
- Practice good hygiene habits and skincare — Bathing regularly keeps dirt and other bacteria from collecting and eventually causing an open wound to become infected.
- Check your body for sores — If you aren’t as active as you once were, it’s good to get in the habit of checking for early signs of sores, blisters, and open wounds. Don’t take a small wound lightly. Seek a professional to have it checked today.
- Be active — This is easier said than done for some people. But if you can start a consistent exercise routine, you can improve blood flow that limits the chance of a wound forming and promote faster healing. This can be as simple as daily walking or regular chair exercises to keep the body moving.
- Stop smoking — Smoking, particularly nicotine, limits blood flow and impairs healing.
- Treat underlying conditions — Heart disease, diabetes, and immune system disorders cause wounds to form and limit wound healing. By treating the underlying condition, you’re treating the source.
The StrideWoundCare Team Are Experts at Treating Wounds
Anyone who is promoting Wound Healing Awareness Month will urge you to see a specialist if your wound isn’t showing signs of healing after two weeks or hasn’t healed completely after six weeks. A thorough evaluation can be performed on the wound itself as well as asking more questions to better understand your medical history and how that may or may not be contributing to your acute or chronic wound.
If not treated properly, seemingly minor wounds may get worse. The team at StrideWoundCare works together to design an individualized treatment program based on your medical history and the severity of your wound. We are experts at assessing and treating the most complicated non-healing wounds. In addition to providing excellent wound care, our nurses will manage your case to identify barriers to healing and make sure all your needs are met.
At StrideWoundCare, we create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs while keeping you involved in the process. We offer easy access to our wound care services, including multiple outpatient locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. For a consultation with one of our experts, please contact us at 214-285-9200 or complete the appointment form.Appointment
StrideWoundCare serves the D/FW area including Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Flower Mound, Sherman, Dennison, HEB, Hutchins, Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Mesquite, Lewisville, Craig Ranch, Arlington, Fort Worth, Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, and all North Texas.
Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.