Enhanced Wound Care – Learn More

Wound CareWounds and injuries can happen to anyone at any age. Fortunately, most wounds are short-lived and heal soon after the incident. It is estimated that chronic wounds affect around 6.5 million patients in the United States. Of these patients, a majority are also under treatment for several chronic diseases, including diabetes and obesity. The skin acts as a shield protecting the body from infection, radiation and extremes of temperature. However, the skin can be damaged by wounds such as abrasions, lacerations, rupture injuries, punctures and penetrating wounds. At hospitals, nurses must ensure to document the type of wound and it specification using wound care EHR. This is indispensable for providing the right treatment. Many wounds are superficial, and require only local first aid including cleansing and dressing. The most common symptoms of a wound are pain, swelling and bleeding and the amount of each depends upon the location of the injury.

Some large lacerations may not be that much painful if they are located in areas with few nerve endings, while abrasions of fingertips may be very painful as they are saturated with greater nerve endings. If the lacerations are on the face and scalp, then these wounds may result in significant bleeding as the affected areas have a greater number of blood vessels. It is crucial that deeper wounds receive immediate medical intervention to prevent infection and damage to bones, muscle tendons, arteries and nerves. Effective and speedy treatment can help reduce the risk of complications and preserve all bodily functions.

Type of Wounds Which Require Immediate Medical Care

  • The wounds happened due to significant force or trauma
  • The wounds are significant enough to require repair with stitches
  • If the bleeding cannot be stopped even with persistent pressure and elevation
  • The wounds caused by animal or human bites. In fact, such wounds require the knowledge of the person’s tetanus immunization status during the previous five years to determine if the patient may need a booster vaccination.
  • Dirty wounds which are very difficult to be cleaned.
  • If there is infection including redness, swelling, increased pain, and pus at the wound.

Medscape, a web resource for physicians and health professionals says that successful treatment of difficult wounds not only require the assessment of the wound but also the assessment of the entire patient. In fact, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies or heart issues can adversely affect the speed of healing. Elderly diabetes and obesity have resulted in a dramatic increase in the need for specialty wound care facilities throughout the nation. Most medical providers find it difficult to adequately treat chronic wounds as part of their everyday practice. Dr. Terence McDonald, a renowned authority on wound care treatments at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center says that, “In some cases, two individuals of the same age with similar vitals may require different strategies to achieve the best outcome for each.”

Just like giving enhanced care to the wound, documentation of the wound should also be given extra care to provide appropriate treatment to the patients. With good wound management software, healthcare providers can complete the documentation process accurately and in an error-free manner.