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Acute wounds: an overview of the physiological healing process

VOL: 100, ISSUE: 04, PAGE NO: 50Marion Richardson, BD, CertEd, RGN, RNT, DipN, is senior lecturer and programme leader, emergency nursing, University of HertfordshireWhen an injury occurs and the skin is damaged, the process of tissue repair begins immediately, but some wounds can take up to two years or more to heal completely. Healing is usually categorised into stages to aid understanding of the complex physiological processes that are occurring.

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