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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Treatments That Might Help Your Wound That Won't Heal

by Francisco Arnold

Many times, small cuts and sores heal on their own without the need for treatment. Other times, wounds can be slow to heal and they can cause serious medical complications if they aren't treated by a medical professional. If you have a wound that is getting worse or that just won't heal, seek medical advice. Here's why some wounds are dangerous and the treatments that might help them heal.

Why Some Wounds Become Serious Problems

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes that impairs your circulation, then your wounds are slower to heal due to the reduced blood to the area. A simple blister or cut can grow into a deep wound if you don't get medical help. Some wounds are caused by pressure sores such as when you can't change your position often enough. These can become deep or infected as the tissues die from lack of blood and nutrients. These types of wounds are difficult for you to treat and heal at home on your own, and often require the services of a wound care professional.

Wound Treatments That Might Help

Improving your general health so your body can better heal is one aspect to consider. This might mean bringing your blood sugars down or eating a healthy diet so your tissues have enough protein and other nutrients to heal. You may also need antibiotics and treatments that remove dead or infected tissue from the wound. Dressing changes are an important part of wound care too. The type of dressing is matched to the type of wound you have, and the dressing is changed on a regular schedule so wound care can be given while the dressing is off. You might also need medical treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen sessions, negative pressure bandages, or even surgery to help a wound heal.

Keeping pressure off of a wound through frequent changes in position or wearing a cast or boot that keeps your weight off a foot may also be needed. You might go to a wound care center as an outpatient for treatments, or you may need to be an inpatient for more aggressive treatments to stop the worsening of the wound and begin healing.

Since wounds, cuts, and sores can be so difficult to heal when you have certain medical conditions, prevention is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself. Change your positions frequently, wear protective footwear, use sitting cushions and a mattress recommended by your doctor, and see your doctor for even minor injuries so they don't turn into dangerous wounds.