This week we present two mnemonics related to non-healing. “FETID” provides a differential for a non-healing fistula and “TIME” is handy mnemonic to know when dealing with a chronic wound.
FETID for fistula*
F = Foreign body
E = Epithelialization if the fistulas tract
T = Tumor
I = Infection/Inflammation
D = Distal Obstruction
TIME for non-healing wound*:
T = Tissue is non-viable or deficient
I = Infection or Inflammation
M = Moisture imbalance (i.e. too dry or too wet)
E = Edge of is wound is non-advancing or undermining
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FETID was taken from Pestana’s surgical notes and TIME was taken from the following link.