There has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of wounds in the United States. Chronic wounds are not only difficult and costly to treat, but also have a devastating impact on the patients, caregivers, and on society as a whole. Many factors influence the etiology of wounds. The goal of this article is to educate all types of healthcare providers on the evaluation process and the various available treatment options of chronic wounds. With the information presented in this article, providers will be able to achieve faster healing and hopefully decrease the total number of chronic and debilitating wounds.
Jon Oliverio, DPM, ABPS, ABPOPPM, ACCWS, is a Staff Podiatric Physician, Summa Barberton Citizens Hospital, Barberton, Ohio. Elizabeth Gero, DPM, was a Podiatry Resident, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Ohio, when the manuscript was written and is now a Wound Care/Infectious Disease Fellow, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio. Katie Lyn Whitacre, BSN, RN, WCC, OMS, is a Nurse, Wound Therapy and Ostomy Management, Summa Barberton Citizens Hospital, Barberton, Ohio. Jodi Rankin, RD, LD, CNSC, is a Clinical Dietitian, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, Wadsworth, Ohio. The authors have disclosed they have no financial relationships related to this article. Submitted March 27, 2014; accepted in revised form May 7, 2014.