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HEALING HANDS:Best Practices and Considerations for Wound Care

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Year Developed: 2017

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Clinical Leaders

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: Research has shown that people experiencing homelessness often experience acute wounds as a result of lacerations, injuries, fractures, stabbing or gunshot wounds, burns, frostbite, and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes. When these acute wounds are not adequately treated, they can evolve into chronic wounds, such as venous stasis ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, or intravenous (IV) drug use site infections. This issue of Healing Hands provides perspectives on the role of clinics, respite facilities, outreach teams, and community partnerships in facilitating improved wound care for people experiencing homelessness.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.