Caring for your feet is important to preventing foot ulcers.
A 2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that 15 percent of all diabetic patients eventually develop foot ulcers. With the number of diabetics expected to increase to over 360 million by 2030 (per a report in Data Points), there could be a significant uptick in foot ulcer cases. Though these are seemingly innocuous injuries, ulcers can lead to amputation or death if left untreated, according to Everyday Health.
Proper dressing removal is a part of an effective treatment regimen.
A proper wound care regimen involves two equally important steps. The first is actually dressing the wound, in which dressings are placed to cover the wound and prevent harmful exposure. However, save for a few rare exceptions, most wounds require several dressing changes, which can be a rather delicate process. If wounds are not properly re-dressed, it can lead to infections and other problems in the wound healing process. Here is everything you need to know about how to properly remove more advanced wound care products:
All patients have questions about proper wound care, and finding answers is a way to ensure effective treatment.
Wound care in the U.S. represents a multi-billion industry, a massive enterprise in which millions of people receive varying levels of medical treatment and attention. As a result, it can be rather difficult to properly comprehend the basics of the wound management field given the complex nature of injuries and their resulting side effects. To better prepare patients who might require either first-time or even recurrent care, here are a few basic FAQs that should offer insight into the wound care industry:
Wound dressings come in many different kinds of categories.
There are a number of different experiences or events that lead to an equally plentiful amount of wound types. More than just how the injury occurred, doctors utilize different treatment protocols for addressing a post-surgical incision versus a low-level burn. As a result, a multitude of dressing options have been developed that caregivers routinely employ. Understanding the specific need for each unique kind of dressing lends patients a better understanding of just what goes into effective wound care management:
Barnacles, of all things, served as an inspiration for an innovative new wound dressing.
Over the years, physicians have employed a number of dressing options to better improve a patient’s overall wound care process. For instance, hydrocolloid dressings are made from a combination of gelatin and polyurethane, while alginate dressings are derived almost exclusively from seaweed. In the future, caregivers and physicians could utilize an even more advanced dressing option. According to a new study published in the journal Advanced Materials, scientists have developed a water-based bandage that can, among other things, deliver medications and sense temperature.