When it comes to non-healing wounds, patients with numerous medical complications are always the most vulnerable. They have decreased immunity to disease. Many have a compromised nutritional status and systemic or local infections that can result in wounds. In older patients, age is also a contributing factor because the skin is more fragile and slower to heal. The most common causes of non-healing wounds include:

  • Incontinence
  • Altered mental status that affects self-care abilities
  • Immobility
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Diabetes