A Guide to Why Wounds Do Not Heal

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Pressure

Impairs circulation (blood flow) to an area

 

Dry environment

Dehydrated cell shrink and die causing scar tissue & itching

 

Edema

Edema interferes with circulation to the wound

 

Infection

An infection usually delays wound healing; can cause more exudates

 

Necrosis

Dead tissue cannot be healed and it impairs new tissue formation

 

Incontinence

Urine and fecal matter can irritate skin’s pH

 

Anemia

Impairs oxygenation to the wound bed

 

Nutrition

A wound needs nutrients and fluid to heal

 

Vascular Insufficiencies

A wound needs circulation to heal

 

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