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.
Modern wound therapy uses negative pressure, oxygen, compression, and electrical stimulation to heal wounds.
Today, the world of modern wound therapy is an exciting area of study that continues to improve as our understanding of how the body heals itself evolves. We have gone well beyond simple bandages and now use advanced types of wound therapy treatments that are as innovative as they are effective.
Chronic ailments are the subject of many wound care myths.
Cathy MacLean has been a family physician in Canada for 20-plus years. In a 2010 editorial in the journal Canadian Family Physician, she explained that one of the most important parts of her job is patient education. She routinely asks patients just how much they know about a diagnosis or medical condition. While most patients are knowledgeable, she pointed to a patient who believed that hypertension was his “per-tension levels [were] too high” as proof of just how important patient education is.
If you’d like to do your part to avoid similar issues, read through the following guide on the myths and misnomers from the wound care industry:
Stress can greatly reduce a person’s ability to heal properly.
When it comes to wound healing, there are a number of factors that can impede or diminish a patient’s overall success. But beyond aspects like age, nutrition and other medical conditions, a person’s diet, mental health and emotional well-being have an equally powerful influence on a wound care regimen. Understanding the effect your mental state has on the state of wounds is important, and can help you maintain the proper balance to aid in your recovery. Here is some invaluable insight into mental health as it relates to healing wounds:
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.