Using the Entropic Wound Cycle as the Basis for Making Effective Treatment Choices

By James McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc; Joshua A. Sebag, BA; Jennifer Skolnik, BS 

Making wound treatment choices on the basis of the color or exudate of the wound bed is easy, but may not reflect the complexity we see in the multiple presentations encountered in the chronic wound bed. 

This white paper presents a graphic representation of the downward cycle of the “Entropic” wound and suggests an evolving strategy for using wound assessment characteristics to decide on treatment interventions and dressings. 

Using the Entropic Wound Cycle as the Basis for Making Effective Treatment Choices

In this white paper you can expect to:

  • See a visual representation of the degenerating wound and learn how it is best described as an entropic system 
  • Learn how to assess the wound at the various stages of decline and choose dressings and interventions based on real time assessment of the patient and the wound 
  • Appreciate how treatment applications can be seen as energy inputs essential to reversing the entropic spiral of the wound 
  • Improve wound care outcomes by employing a systematic approach to evaluation and management of the patient with a chronic wound

This paper is generally written for health care professionals with an interest in chronic wound management strategies and product education.