Nurses in Indiana have created a new method to reduce pressure ulcer prevalence.
Data from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel paints a rather stark portrait of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU). Each year, some 2.5 million patients across a number of health settings (including acute, home and long-term care) suffer from a HAPU.
Given the prevalence of these potentially life-threatening pressure ulcers, health care institutions across the country have taken more measures in recent years to stem the tide. Between 2011 and 2014, the Hospital Engagement Network launched a change package, including new protocols for measurement and patient engagement that helped prevent 4,655 HAPUs.
Now, nurses from Indiana’s Eskenazi Health Center have unveiled a new plan for tackling HAPUs with similarly striking results.
Doctors could soon start using light therapy to help treat pressure ulcers.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the 2.5 million people diagnosed with pressure ulcers each year face a slew of challenges in their treatment. On the one hand, as the AHRQ noted, many healthcare facilities are facing issues with finding the right assessment tools and management options for this serious health concern. Even without those issues, Direct Health Services explained that science behind ulcers is complicated, involving a number of bodily systems from the skin and muscles to the circulatory system. As a result, Healthline explained that many ulcers end with surgical excision.
Now, though, there may be a new solution that’s decidedly simpler A researcher from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee has found a quick and easy way to treat ulcers: with light.
Itching can be a sign of proper wound healing.
Over the last several months, we’ve spent a great deal of time debunking the myriad of myths that permeate the wound care industry. These include harmful misconceptions like how plasters are just hives for germs, or that bleeding always means the wound is healing. Knowing what is true and what isn’t as it pertains to wound healing is important if you want to facilitate your own successful regimen.
Understanding wound odor is an important part of any treatment plan.
In 2015, the European Wound Management Association released an article detailing psychological effects of malignant fungating wounds. For many patients, as the EWMA argued, wound odor is among the hardest things to cope with emotionally, and that certainly must extend to other wound types as well. Not only is odor uncomfortable to be around, but it can be indicative of infections or other complications. It’s important, then, that all patients understand odor and how it can affect their personal wound care regimen.
Frequent movement is just one way to prevent pressure ulcers.
They are often seen as little more than an annoyance, but for many non-medical personnel, bedsores – or as they’re known technically, pressure ulcers – are a huge issue in the wound care community. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, bedsores cost between $9.1 and $11.6 billion in the U.S. each year. Not only that, but these painful sores contribute to thousands of patient deaths every year, per figures from Harvard Medical School. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these painful wounds, and doing so can save patients a lot of time, money and physical pain.