Henry County Medical Center

WIN 2017

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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22 By Emily Delzell W hen you're nursing a healing wound, the best strategy is simple but essential: Don't wait to address any problems, no matter how minor they may seem. "The longer a wound is open, the higher the chances of complications, so catching problems early and treating them immediately is key," says Dr. Angela Sukstorf, an infectious disease physician at Fremont Health and its Center for Wound Healing in Fremont, Neb. The price for waiting can be high, because non- healing lower extremity wounds, for example, can lead to amputation. But whatever the type of wound involved, it's important to understand the basics of wound care that can help you get better faster, and with fewer complications. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS Adhering to your doctor's orders may seem like basic advice, but many patients find it difficult when doing so means altering their daily lives, says Dr. Marcus Blass, a general surgeon at Allegan General Hospital who Preventive Care What you can do to help a wound heal faster complications No For a local specialist in wound care, look for your nearest Spirit of Women affiliated hospital on pages 12-13.

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