Presbyterian hospital in New York is taking a multi-tiered approach to treating burns.
Caring for burns, regardless of severity, is one of the more complicated approaches in the entirety of the wound care industry. Given the depth of these injuries, and how easy it easy to make large-scale mistakes, researchers are always finding new ways to treat burns.
In the last few months alone, there have been a number of exciting developments, including a SkinGun that uses stem cells to repair burns and a video game system to help patients cope with dressing changes.
Now, a group of doctors from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center are taking a slightly different approach to treating burns.
A new bandage has been developed to help burns heal faster and avoid infections.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 3,800 burn-related deaths in the U.S. each year. A number of those fatalities stem from infections, which are even prevalent in non-life-threatening burn cases. That’s because burns destroy various layers of skin that serve as our body’s primary defense against infectious microbes, according to Pennsylvania State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. There are already several effective ways to treat a burn, but science is continually finding new methods and technologies (like using video games to address burn pain).
The latest development comes from Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. The research team has developed bandages that could greatly reduce infections in burn patients.
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.
Burn wounds can cause lasting changes.
Nearly everyone has experienced a burn wound at some point. In the daily course of living, whether it’s in cooking or laying out in the sun for too long on the beach, we expose ourselves to that risk frequently. However, some burns are much more serious than others. There are many kinds of burns, and they come from many sources. Some are minor and can be treated with burn cream and waiting out the blister that forms, while others require extensive medical attention and a long period of wound care at home after the procedure.