Wounds: problems, knowledge and opportunities.
Suffering from wounds has always been a fact of life for human beings. Wounds are a health problem that affects a large population of patients of all ages, who require different interventions to ensure they receive the optimum care. According to the dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy, wound is defined as "perforation or tear in some part of a living body". The most common wounds tend to be caused by accidents. For example, superficial wounds such as cuts, bites or minor burns are one of the most common problems faced by A&E professionals. To give a figure from the literature, each year 12.2 million patients with wounds are seen by A&E departments. This group represents 11% of the 110 million visits made to A&E in the US during 2000. Most of these wounds can be treated without much difficulty, but nevertheless, these patients require medical attention. However, there are wounds that require a greater knowledge of anatomical structures and the physiology of healing, as well as considerable technical skill to achieve the best clinical outcome. The most common complication of a wound is infection, and surgical wound infection is still a major problem following surgery.
Specific objectives by topic
1. Pressure ulcers
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