February 2006, Volume 36 Number 2 , p 70 - 70
CALIANNO, CAROL RN, CWOCN, MSN; JAKUBEK, PAMELA RN, CWOCN, MSN
A RELATIVELY NEW CONCEPT, wound bed preparation is a program of care especially designed to treat chronic wounds. Wound healing typically has three phases: inflammation, proliferation (or regeneration), and maturation. Acute wounds progress through these three phases of healing according to an expected time frame. Chronic wounds don't heal so predictably; at least one phase is altered, usually the inflammatory phase.
In this article, we'll tell you how to assess your patient and his wound and how to set realistic goals. In a future article, we'll teach you how to carry out treatment to help your patient achieve the very best result possible for him.
With wound bed preparation, you follow a plan to optimize conditions for wound healing. To be successful, you must assess and address both systemic factors, including the patient's overall health, ...