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Is wound healing delayed in older patients?

Is wound healing delayed in older patients?

Wound care

Pauline Beldon
Tissue Viability Nurse Consultant
Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wound healing is recognised as a normal response to injury. It is a complicated process, which involves interacting cells, cytokines (chemical messengers), enzymes and proteins in sequences that appear to occur both sequentially and simultaneously, as different areas of a wound bed progress at different speeds.(1) The stages of wound healing can be summarised into recognisable stages:

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