There are several connected causes for non-healing wounds.
According to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic wounds – those injuries that have yet to heal after six weeks – affect some 5.7 American adults. There are many reasons for these non-healing wounds, and understanding each cause is vital when implementing the most effective wound care regimen possible.
There are several steps patients can take to prevent amputations.
Of the many complications related to diabetes, ulcers present a unique set of challenges to patients and physicians alike. According to a 2009 review published in the journal Wound Repair and Regeneration, nearly 5 percent of all patients develop ulcers at some point in their lives.
While many of these ulcers can be treated with the proper wound care regimen, the same review revealed that 1 percent end in amputation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of amputation and preserve your limbs.
Information is an important component of any wound care regimen.
In a previous post, we outlined some frequently asked questions about the greater wound care industry. These FAQs allow patients to gain a better understanding about the number of factors that go into effective wound healing regimens. To further your knowledge, here are three more helpful FAQS to mull over:
A parasite from Southeast Asia could have huge ramifications to improve wound healing in humans.
Dating back as far as the Middle Ages, physicians and other healers have relied on certain living creatures to aid in the wound care process. Maggots have been used for centuries to help clean out dead tissue from wounds, while leeches have been used for a number of purposes, including helping reestablish blood flow to reattached limbs. Even to this day, medical professionals are finding new uses for a plethora of similar, small animals. As part of a recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers have identified a specific fluke worm that could help improve the wound healing process.
A new compound could help greatly improve the healing rate of diabetic wounds.
In the entirety of the wound care industry, diabetic ulcers present a unique challenge to doctors and caregivers alike. According to a 2011 report published in the Journal of International Medical Sciences Academy, the unique chemical components associated with ulcers cause them to become chronic and noncompliant almost immediately, stumping even the most experienced of medical professionals. That’s perhaps why there were over 73,000 diabetes-related lower-limb amputations in 2010 alone, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, there might be some new hope. According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have made new use of a compound that greatly accelerates diabetic wound healing.