These new bamboo dressings were found to accelerate wound healing as well as prevent issue with odors.
Anyone who has even the faintest insight might be aware of the sheer number of unique material types used in the wound care industry.
There are the more traditional options, like collagen and hydrocolloid. While those options are relied on most often in hospital settings, researchers are continually making upgrades and improvements. Part of that expansion means new materials. For instance, fish have become a frequent source for wound dressings, as their skin contains several beneficial compounds. However, not all new dressing types are as organic; some feature computer technology to make monitoring a snap.
Now, another dressing-related breakthrough has emerged courtesy of a team of doctors from the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing in Punjabi, India.
Patient awareness is essential for creating the best wound care outcomes possible.
In the July 2016 of the British Medical Journal, two medical researchers, Marty Makary and Michael Daniel, made a startling announcement: Medical errors had grown to become the third leading cause of death in the U.S. With these errors responsible for 251,452 deaths in 2013 alone, they trailed only heart disease and cancer.
While these findings may have been shocking, Makary and Daniel explained that this shift highlighted the need for changes within the medical community. Specifically, patients need to be better informed. If patients aren’t aware of what’s happening as they seek medical treatment, it could adversely affect their personal well-being.
With preventative measures and the right wound care products, you can overcome ulcers.
According to the most recent estimates from the American Diabetes Association, there were 29.1 million Americans – 9.3 percent of the total population – living with diabetes as of 2012. While there are quite a few conditions associated with diabetes, foot ulcers are among the most severe.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, these diabetic foot ulcers occur in approximately 15 percent of all diabetic individuals. And while some people only associate these diabetic foot ulcers with pain or discomfort, six percent of that group will have to be hospitalized due to complications or infection, and 85% of foot amputations are preceded by ulceration.
But ulcers don’t have to have such a massive effect on patients, and there are several ways to counter these painful wounds.
When it comes to wound care, it’s not unusual for patients to have a bevy of questions.
To properly treat patients, wound care doctors and caregivers require specialized knowledge gained over years of study and interaction with parents. But since patients can’t go out and get their own advanced degrees, they need to find other ways to stay active and involved in their personalized regimens. That’s where thorough research comes into play, and the more information you have the better equipped you’ll be to successfully address any wounds. To aid in your research, here are three more frequently asked questions regarding proper wound healing:
A new bandage has been developed to help burns heal faster and avoid infections.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 3,800 burn-related deaths in the U.S. each year. A number of those fatalities stem from infections, which are even prevalent in non-life-threatening burn cases. That’s because burns destroy various layers of skin that serve as our body’s primary defense against infectious microbes, according to Pennsylvania State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. There are already several effective ways to treat a burn, but science is continually finding new methods and technologies (like using video games to address burn pain).
The latest development comes from Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. The research team has developed bandages that could greatly reduce infections in burn patients.