What Is a Complex Wound?

A complex wound is often the result of the treatment of any number of other conditions, including cardiac, pulmonary, neuromuscular and renal diseases. A wound that doesn't heal properly can pose serious health problems. Diabetics must be particularly vigilant about wounds and proper healing, as neglect may result in amputation or other chronic conditions.

Even wounds that are properly cared for are still at risk for infection and should be followed closely by medical professionals. Complex wounds can also extend hospitalization.

Age, malnutrition, mobility, incontinence, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease can all play a part in preventing proper wound healing. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms when examining your wounds, you should see a medical doctor immediately:

  • Chills or fever
  • Redness, swelling or tenderness in the wound area
  • Throbbing pain in the wound area
  • Red streaks in the skin around the wound
  • Pus that collects beneath the skin
  • Any lumps or swelling in your armpit, groin, or neck (take note whether these lumps are tender)
  • An unpleasant odor from the wound

For more information on the Good Shepherd’s Complex Wound Rehabilitation Program, contact us or call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).