My Wound Didn't Heal Right - Factors for Wound Healing or NOT Healing Right
I read a very nice mneumonic recently that is worth passing on to other doctors and patients - factors that impair wound healing.
D - Diabetes
I - Infection
D - Drugs (steroids)
N - Nutritional problems
T - Tissue necrosis from radiation injury
H - Hypoxia (inadequate oxygenation)
E - Excessive tension on wound edges
A - Another wound in the body
L - Low temperature as in the distal parts of the body (feet) or hypothermia
This mneumonic allows us to remember these factors easily - it was taken from an article written by Richard Stillman, MD FACS in emedicine.com accessed on September 30, 2008.