Understanding chronic wound healing
Nancy Broderick RN, CWOCN, CFCN, MSN, FNP-C

The Nurse Practitioner
October 2009 
Volume 34  Number 10
Pages 16 - 22
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Broderick, Nancy RN, CWOCN, CFCN, MSN, FNP-C

Issue: Volume 34(10), October 2009, p 16–22 Publication Type: [Feature: WOUND CARE] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Nancy Broderick is a nurse practitioner at South Bay Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Harbor City, Calif. The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationship related to this article.

Nonhealing, or chronic wounds, are complex wounds that do not progress through the usual phases of healing. This can be caused by intrinsic or extrinsic influences and all age groups or patient types from the healthy to those with multiple comorbidities can be affected. It is not uncommon for NPs to evaluate and treat chronic wounds regardless of their practice specialty. Having a basic understanding of the skin, the phases of acute wound healing, and knowing when to refer to a wound-care clinic are all part of comprehensive patient care.

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Wound healing is a complex ...

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