Are‌ ‌Chronic‌ ‌Wounds‌ ‌a‌ ‌Growing‌ ‌Problem?‌

Chronic wounds aren’t something most people have to think about, although those that do know how difficult they can be. With health complications on the rise, we must ask ourselves as healthcare professionals: are chronic wounds a growing problem in our world?

It’s estimated that about 6.5 million Americans suffer from a chronic, non-healing wound of some sort. The annual cost of treating chronic wounds in the US is estimated to be $25 billion, signifying a huge, and potentially even growing, chronic wound care industry.

A Simple Way to Increase Efficacy in Wound Healing

Treatment of acute and chronic wounds is sometimes challenging. Patients with metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance, obesity or high blood pressure, and malnutrition may find their bodies are unable to adequately heal without additional help. While it may seem counterintuitive, patient who are obese may also be malnourished, as many times they are gaining weight eating processed, junk food filled with empty calories.

Navigating the Shifting Model of Wound Care and Podiatry During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The New Normal

Even though many states are opening up in phases, the pandemic medicine protocol from the COVID-19 pandemic is predicted to last at least 18 months. Until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is developed and fully distributed all healthcare services will continue to operate under the pandemic care model. This is going to last for the foreseeable future. Foreseeable. There is an end in sight, but that end will not likely be in the year 2020.