Developing a predictive model for wound healing

By Jeffrey Mark Smith, MD

Lessons from military research can improve care for all

You did everything that you were trained to do as a surgeon. Your patient’s complex traumatic wound was treated with serial débridement and irrigations. The associated fracture was stabilized. Negative pressure therapy was applied and the wound was closed or covered with a flap. But instead of healing, the wound went on to dehisce. What went wrong?

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