These figures will help patients better understand diabetes and associated wound care outcomes.
Diabetes is an especially destructive condition. It knows no geographical boundaries and affects the lives of millions of men, women, and children across the globe. Diabetes can also complicate the wound healing process, thus exacerbating the condition.
There is research into diabetes being done all the time; for instance, wounds may heal slowly in these patients due to diminished electrical activity in the body. But there is so much more data available, and it’s important for patients to understand these figures to comprehend both diabetes and the associated wound care outcomes.
Developing a strong relationship with your wound care doctor helps ensure better medical outcomes.
Approximately 7 million people in the U.S. live with chronic wounds. Treatment of these injuries can occupy months, sometimes years, of a person’s life. Plus, there are also the related costs, and treatment can add up in a short time.
The way to ensure successful outcomes and properly healed wounds rely on your interactions with wound care doctors. Knowing how to talk to these professionals and get information will safeguard your personal health. Here are three handy tips to keep in mind:
New study shows diabetic patients have slower healing wounds due to issues with electrical currents.
Though more than 6 million Americans live with chronic wounds (per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is an especially prevalent issue in diabetics. In fact a report in Healthy Cells magazine noted that diabetic patients have a 15 percent high risk of developing chronic wounds. That’s because diabetes can impede the body’s natural wound healing processes, leaving patients to deal with painful injuries like ulcers for months at a time.
Now, though, new insight into the true scope of diabetes’ impact on the body have been uncovered. And, this new knowledge could have a significant impact on future wound care regimens for diabetics.
The Atlantic cod has been used to create a new kind of wound dressing sheet.
Over the last several months, there have been a number of impressive wound care breakthroughs courtesy of animal products. That includes a powerful foam inspired by frogs and wound dressings made from eggshells. Additionally, scientists have used Zebrafish to study the properties of skin growth. Now, fish are once again helping push the boundaries of wound healing technology. As the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported, scientists in Great Britain have used Atlantic cod scales to treat slow-healing wounds
University of Delaware scientists are launching a new project to better treat chronic wounds.
Most estimates (like those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) put the number of patients with chronic wounds in the U.S. at about 6.5 to 7 million individuals. Fortunately for these people, there are myriad treatment options available, and many address the unique factors (infections, past medical history, etc.) that result in these complex wounds.
There are several wound dressing types, like hydrocolloid and collagen that remove slough and foster tissue regrowth. Many topical ointments, like alginate, are perfect for chronic leg ulcers. Hypochlorous acid, meanwhile, is perfect for tackling the biofilms that develop on chronic wounds. And research into more effective treatments happens all the time, as with the development of solutions like the Coban 2 Compression System and Hydrofera Blue Ready.