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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 58, n° 2
pages 185-206 (février 2008)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2007.08.048
Continuing Medical Education

Treating the chronic wound: A practical approach to the care of nonhealing wounds and wound care dressings

Margaret A. Fonder, BS, Gerald S. Lazarus, MD , David A. Cowan, MD, Barbara Aronson-Cook, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Angela R. Kohli, RN, BSN, Adam J. Mamelak, MD
Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 

Reprint requests: Gerald S. Lazarus, MD, Professor of Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, MFL Center Tower, Suite 2500, 5200 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Chronic wounds are a major healthcare problem costing the United States billions of dollars a year. The American Academy of Dermatology has underscored the significance of wound care in dermatological practice. It is critical for all dermatologists to understand the elements of diagnosis and therapy. We emphasize major aspects of diagnosis and present a simple classification of wound dressings with guidelines for usage and relative cost data.

Learning objective

After completing this learning activity, participants should be able to diagnose common types of chronic wounds, formulate a therapeutic plan, and describe the major classes of topical therapies and dressings for the chronic wound.

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 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None declared.

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