When it comes to providing emergency care, a first-aid kit is a handy tool.
When it comes to immediately providing emergency care, there’s no better tool than a well-stocked first-aid kit. In a pinch, having medical essentials at your fingertips is absolutely essential. Unfortunately, many people aren’t quite as well-equipped as they might think. An old box with some bandages and a couple of ibuprofen just won’t suffice.
A new hydrogel has been developed that can be applied and removed in no time flat.
Whether on city streets or the battlefield, traumatic injuries are a massive threat to large swathes of Americans. According to some estimates from the Amputee Coalition, of the 2 million people in the U.S. who live with limb loss, 45 percent of those cases were the result of trauma, and another 185,000 amputations occur every single year.
In order to better prevent these injuries, the U.S. military and several private organizations have come up with a slew of handy wound care devices. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration had a hand in creating XSTAT 30, a revolutionary new form of wound dressing. Around the same time, the Office of Naval Research created a special wound wrap to prevent amputations.
Today, another important tool for treating these traumatic injuries is unveiled courtesy of a team from Boston University.
Wound care product videos are linked to each customized Smart Pac.
Although the average adult reads on a seventh-grade level, according to an article in American Family Physician the majority of health care literature is written at the 10th grade level. Individuals with inadequate health literacy are more likely to be hospitalized than patients with adequate skills.
A new gel has been developed to treat peripheral artery disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, peripheral artery disease develops when blood vessels slowly narrow and cut off circulation to limbs, especially the legs. The Mayo Clinic added that PAD, as it’s most often called, has a number of accompanying side effects, including numbness and weakness, skin discoloration, delayed growth of hair and nails, and painful cramping. In its advanced stages, PAD can lead to critical limb ischemia. Nonprofit organization Vascular Cures explained that CLI often leads to ulcers, gangrene, and in some cases, amputation. In fact, a 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that CLI patients have a first-year amputation rate of approximately 30 percent. That’s an estimated 230,000 amputations in North America and Europe each year.
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.