A new study has found that certain video games can improve pain and functionality in burn victims.
Some people see video games as a distraction or at best a toy that offers little real-world value. However, if used properly, video games can have a number of mental and emotional benefits, according to the American Psychological Association. These include improving social skills, boosting learning capability and improving overall cognitive function. Video games may also provide the basis for improved wound care regimens. As The Star Online reported, Australian researchers are using the Nintendo Wii to help reduce pain in burn victims.
Burns are a prevalent form of wound and require unique care protocols.
According to the American Burn Association, over 486,000 people received treatment for burns in 2011 alone. Burns prove to be especially challenging when it comes to proper wound care treatment. There are several unique causes for burns, and each one has accompanying treatment protocols. But understanding burns is important for all patients, as information can be an effective tool in avoiding and addressing burns of all severity levels.
A new technique for skin grafting can help improve the look of post-op scarring.
When treating large burns, most physicians develop a wound care plan that involves the use of split-thickness skin grafts. Also referred to as STSGs, these specific grafts involve making use of both the epidermis and segments of the dermis and are created through the use of a skin mesh device. These grafts are the preferred approach for burns for a number of reasons, including the size and thickness of each graft and the re-harvesting rate (as low as six weeks in some patients’ cases).
However, as with all forms of skin grafts, the STSG does carry its own inherent risk of scarring, but perhaps not for long. As part of a new study published in the journal Cell Transplantation, researchers have developed a new treatment that can heal more effectively than traditional grafts.
Third-degree and large second-degree burns require wound care in a clinical setting.
Burns can occur anywhere at any unexpected time and are often quite painful. Wound healing can be a lengthy process for this type of injury, but there are actions one must take immediately if they experience a burn. Consider these first-aid steps:
Burns have different wound care measures compared to other types of wounds.
Burns, which can be caused by searing heat, chemicals, electricity and other factors, belong to a category all their own. These types of injuries require special wound care and, in extreme cases, may come with complications that slow the recovery process. You and your clinician will develop a wound care plan that’s right for you according to the cause and severity of the injury, and you can arrive prepared by learning about these different levels of burns: