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New Camera Uses Blue Light to Diagnose, Treat Wound Infections

POSTED ON July 8, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound infections

Camera diagnoses and treats wound infections

Scientists have created a new camera to help treat bacterial infections.

A number of studies and research projects have recently emerged about cameras and their use in wound care treatment. For instance, a 2014 study found that photographic documentation might help people with hard-to-see wounds. People who couldn’t see their wounds were less likely to care for them regularly. Then, in late 2015, another team of Italian scientists developed a special camera to aid with early wound diagnosis. The camera uses infrared light to detect a wound’s temperature, which is helpful in tracking wound healing and watching out for infections.

Now, according to a press release, English researchers have created a new camera device that specifically detects bacteria.

Avoiding Uncontrollable Infections When Caring for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

POSTED ON April 19, 2016  - POSTED IN diabetic wound care

caring for diabetic foot ulcers

Caring for diabetic foot ulcers improperly can lead to increased risk for complications like infections.

Preventing and caring for diabetic foot ulcers is a top priority for anyone with diabetes. Approximately 15-25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can quickly become infected, require advanced wound care treatment, and may lead to amputation or an increased risk of serious health problems. Without the right preventative care plan, diabetic foot ulcers can cost a few thousand dollars to treat for the early stages to over $100,000 for infection care and amputation. Fortunately, this can all be prevented by caring for diabetic foot ulcers before they become infected and costly.

4 Agents to Avoid When Treating Wounds

POSTED ON April 13, 2016  - POSTED IN wound care

treating wounds

Despite the old tales, butter isn’t a good cleaning agent for burns or other wounds.

Over the years, a number of old wives’ tales have emerged about the best wound care treatment practices. That includes everything about the relevance of scars as an indication for treatment to whether or not bleeding is a sign of healing. However, perhaps the most damaging of these myths is the number of home-based gels and solutions one can use to improve healing times. Many are ineffective, while others can actually impede the wound healing process. Here are four solutions you should avoid when treating wounds:

Unique Products Used to Treat Leg Ulcers

POSTED ON March 28, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound care products

wound care products for leg ulcers

Doctor-prescribed advanced wound care dressings are vital to the healing of chronic leg ulcers.

For patients coping with vein disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other diseases that compromise the circulatory system, leg ulcers represent a potentially serious risk that could lead to health complications. According to American Family Physician, venous ulcers are the most common type of lower extremity ulcerations and affect 1% of adults living in the U.S. Venous ulcers are often chronic wounds, known for recurring and persisting for weeks or even years without proper treatment. The best place to start the wound healing process for chronic leg ulcers is with a doctor’s prescription for advanced wound care products.

Essential Podiatry Supplies

POSTED ON March 23, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound care products

podiatry supplies

Your podiatry supplies should include multiple dressings prescribed by your doctor.

Foot and lower leg wounds require specialized wound care, particularly in patients who are at high risk for complications. People with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or anyone susceptible to blood clotting need different types of podiatry supplies to treat lower extremity wounds. From moisture control bandages to compression stockings, using the right podiatry supplies is essential for wound care treatment success.

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