Raising awareness of chronic wounds

Maryborough District Health Service director of clinical services Nickola Allan and acting district nurse unit manager Julie Allan are reminding community members to be wound aware this week.

Community members are being urged to talk about wounds as national Wound Awareness Week kicked off on Monday.

Running until Sunday, the week is all about raising awareness of chronic wounds and encouraging community members to start a conversation with their health professionals about hard to heal wounds.

A wound is any damage or skin break and can be accidental, surgical, occur because of an underlying disease or be caused by some skin conditions.

Any wound can become chronic if it doesn’t heal normally or without complications.

According to Wounds Australia, $3 billion is spent each year on wound treatment in hospitals and aged care facilities. On any one day around 420,000 Australians could be suffering from chronic wounds.

Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) acting district nurse unit manager Julie Allan said a lot of the service’s work load is centred around wounds.

“Quite often wounds start from a scratch and people find they don’t heal because of underlying health issues,” she said.

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