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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Apr;74(4):607-25; quiz 625-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.08.070.

Wound healing and treating wounds: Chronic wound care and management.

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1
Department of Dermatology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Electronic address: jennifer.powers2@dm.duke.edu.
2
Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
3
Division of Dermatology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
4
Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts; SkinCare Physicians, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Abstract

In the United States, chronic ulcers--including decubitus, vascular, inflammatory, and rheumatologic subtypes--affect >6 million people, with increasing numbers anticipated in our growing elderly and diabetic populations. These wounds cause significant morbidity and mortality and lead to significant medical costs. Preventative and treatment measures include disease-specific approaches and the use of moisture retentive dressings and adjunctive topical therapies to promote healing. In this article, we discuss recent advances in wound care technology and current management guidelines for the treatment of wounds and ulcers.

PMID:
26979353
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2015.08.070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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