Apr 23, 2015

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When a Bandage Isn’t Enough

bandageThere are times when a wound won’t heal. It becomes a constant problem and source of pain. One of my friends was in the hospital with her elderly family member not long ago because of a wound that wouldn’t heal. He was completely miserable. I personally can’t imagine it, but there are a lot of people that deal with constant pain from a wound.

The good part is that they may not have to. At Pella Regional Health Center, we offer specialized outpatient treatment for chronic wounds. Some of these treatments accelerate the healing process and/or reduce the risk for infection. Acute wounds, such as trauma or burns may also be treated by our experienced nurses who are certified to treat wounds.

A chronic wound is an open area that shows no significant signs of healing over a period of weeks. This may include a pressure ulcer, surgical wound, vascular ulcer, or a skin tear.

I’ve seen pictures of some of the wounds that these nurses treat. It’s not a pretty sight. The sores look painful, very painful. If you or someone you know is dealing with a wound that isn’t going away, considering discussing options with a physician.

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