New research out of Poland has found that pulsed current and ultrasound wound treatments work similarly
Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to the wound care industry will know there are always several groundbreaking research projects in the works. For instance, in February 2017, doctors in Pennsylvania unveiled a new way to heal wounds that prevents the accompanying scars.
Yet a large percentage of the ongoing scientific work is about finding quick and effective ways to expand upon the existing basics of everyday wound care. Just recently, a group of Polish researchers has done just that, revealing a study into two techniques that could prove extremely valuable to patients with chronic ulcers.
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As part of a recent study published the Journal of Wound Care, the Polish collective has found that high-voltage monophasic pulsed current and high-frequency ultrasounds are equally effective in healing long-standing pressure ulcers.
According to Electrotherapy on the Web, the pulsed current technique has been used since the 1940s and involves two currents of electricity that stimulate tissue activity. Meanwhile, ultrasounds are also a regular feature in wound care regimens, and just recently a team from Drexel University created a portable soundwave device to heal wounds.
As part of their efforts, the Polish group gathered 77 patients, all of whom were between the ages of 60 and 95 and had stage IV pressure ulcers. The 77 were split into two groups, with one receiving pulsed current treatments and the other undergoing ultrasounds. This was in addition to standard wound care treatments for both pools of participants.
After the end of six weeks, both groups experienced about the same level of wound healing. These techniques still proved more effective than the control group, which involved the use of traditional wound dressings. Compared to this control group, wounds treat with electrical stimulation shrunk by at least 50 percent overall.
While it seems like a tie score between these two methods isn’t necessarily important, this study is nonetheless essential. As McKnight’s Long Term Care News explained, this new data helps researchers better understand effective technologies for wound care. With that kind of insight, doctors will be able to further fine tune treatment protocols in the coming years, and that’s going to be a huge win for millions of patients worldwide.
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