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Alternatives to Skin Grafts

POSTED ON July 16, 2014  - POSTED IN Wound healing

skin grafting

Scarring is a common side effect of skin grafting.

Skin grafting is a serious wound care treatment that should only be used in the most extreme conditions. This procedure involves a patch of healthy skin being removed from one part of the body to be transplanted to another area that truly needs it. This method is used when an injury has resulted in deep tissue damage where surgical debridement is the only option to remove excess damaged skin. The following types of wounds are prime examples of when skin grafting can be an option:

Efficiently Treating Your Cut Finger

POSTED ON July 14, 2014  - POSTED IN wound care

treating a finger cut

Don’t let that minor finger cut turn into something major.

Whether you’re chopping some produce or flipping through the pages of a book, it’s practically inevitable that you will endure the wrath of a cut finger sooner or later. While these cuts are more often than not considered a relatively mild injury, there is a certain wound care protocol that should be followed to ensure that your cut doesn’t result in infection or other complications. Here is a step-by-step process regarding actions to follow when dealing with the inconvenience of a cut finger.

Understanding Palliative Care

POSTED ON July 10, 2014  - POSTED IN wound care

Palliative wound care

Palliative care can be just as important as any other form of treatment.

When a patient becomes overwhelmed or stressed due to pain and symptoms of a serious illness, palliative care is vital for both the individual and his or her family. Palliative care can be defined as an attempt to improve the overall quality of life of a patient by relieving pain as well as addressing symptoms and stress caused by serious illness. When a patient reaches this critical state of condition, it can be a sensitive issue for all parties involved, which is why understanding the appropriate measures of palliative care can offer confidence and reassurance to those who need it the most. From the physical to emotional aspects, here is an overview of why palliative care is important:

Wound Care Management for Athletes

POSTED ON July 8, 2014  - POSTED IN wound care

Wound care management for athletes

Knowing proper wound care precautions can help athletes better prepare for injuries.

When it comes to the odds of obtaining an injury, no activity puts individuals at risk for getting hurt like sports. Whether it’s colliding with another player while going up for a header in soccer or suffering a wound after hitting the pavement in a game of pickup basketball, understanding wound care protocol is essential for athletes when it comes to preventing serious health concerns. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 million adolescents participate in organized sports every year. High school athletes are no stranger to the risk of enduring wounds and account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. Here are a few tips in regards to proper wound care management for young athletes to ensure their futures are safe, yet still active.

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