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Definition of a Chronic Wound;
Causes of Chronic Wounds

chronic wound is a wound that does not heal in an expected way and in a predictable amount of time as most wounds do. A chronic wound can be recognized by a number of symptoms including the loss of skin and/or tissue surrounding the wound or by the amount of time it takes to heal. Once a wound has become chronic, intensive medical intervention and wound treatments are required to make the wound heal. There are many types of chronic wounds, as well as many causes of chronic wounds and treatments for chronic wounds.

Causes of Chronic Wounds

Some of the common causes of chronic wounds include:

  • Diabetes
  • Vascular disease
  • Infection
  • Immobility
  • Trauma
  • Surgery
  • Burns
  • Radiation injury

A chronic wound may never heal or may take years to do so. These wounds can cause severe emotional and physical stress; they can also create a significant financial burden on you and on the entire healthcare system.

When to Seek Treatment for Chronic Wounds

If you suffer from a chronic wound or non-healing wound, speak with your physician about wound treatments at the Emory Decatur Hospital Comprehensive Wound Care Center. You may be a candidate for treatment for chronic wounds in our outpatient program in Georgia. If you are, the Wound Care Center will work with you to understand the causes of chronic wounds as well as the treatment for chronic wounds. We will also work with you and your doctor to deliver:

  • Advanced therapies
  • Proven clinical protocols
  • An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your particular needs
  • Assessment and ongoing treatment for chronic wounds by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your case
  • Thorough training for you and your family on the treatment of chronic wounds at home
  • Educational materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene and other key chronic wound care topics for you and your family
  • Ongoing communication, including updated photos of your wound, so that you and your primary care doctor stay informed and up to date on all aspects of wound treatments and your healing

You may also call us directly at 404.501.7455 and speak with a wound care specialist to learn more about your chronic wound, the causes of chronic wounds and wound treatments. If you see signs of infection, fever, odor, increased drainage, increased pain, coolness or heat at the site of the wound, get medical attention immediately.

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