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
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
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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.