New research out of Poland has found that pulsed current and ultrasound wound treatments work similarly
Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to the wound care industry will know there are always several groundbreaking research projects in the works. For instance, in February 2017, doctors in Pennsylvania unveiled a new way to heal wounds that prevents the accompanying scars.
Yet a large percentage of the ongoing scientific work is about finding quick and effective ways to expand upon the existing basics of everyday wound care. Just recently, a group of Polish researchers has done just that, revealing a study into two techniques that could prove extremely valuable to patients with chronic ulcers.
Diving deeper into wound technology
As part of a recent study published the Journal of Wound Care, the Polish collective has found that high-voltage monophasic pulsed current and high-frequency ultrasounds are equally effective in healing long-standing pressure ulcers.
According to Electrotherapy on the Web, the pulsed current technique has been used since the 1940s and involves two currents of electricity that stimulate tissue activity. Meanwhile, ultrasounds are also a regular feature in wound care regimens, and just recently a team from Drexel University created a portable soundwave device to heal wounds.
As part of their efforts, the Polish group gathered 77 patients, all of whom were between the ages of 60 and 95 and had stage IV pressure ulcers. The 77 were split into two groups, with one receiving pulsed current treatments and the other undergoing ultrasounds. This was in addition to standard wound care treatments for both pools of participants.
After the end of six weeks, both groups experienced about the same level of wound healing. These techniques still proved more effective than the control group, which involved the use of traditional wound dressings. Compared to this control group, wounds treat with electrical stimulation shrunk by at least 50 percent overall.
While it seems like a tie score between these two methods isn’t necessarily important, this study is nonetheless essential. As McKnight’s Long Term Care News explained, this new data helps researchers better understand effective technologies for wound care. With that kind of insight, doctors will be able to further fine tune treatment protocols in the coming years, and that’s going to be a huge win for millions of patients worldwide.
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Nurses in Indiana have created a new method to reduce pressure ulcer prevalence.
Data from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel paints a rather stark portrait of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU). Each year, some 2.5 million patients across a number of health settings (including acute, home and long-term care) suffer from a HAPU.
Given the prevalence of these potentially life-threatening pressure ulcers, health care institutions across the country have taken more measures in recent years to stem the tide. Between 2011 and 2014, the Hospital Engagement Network launched a change package, including new protocols for measurement and patient engagement that helped prevent 4,655 HAPUs.
Now, nurses from Indiana’s Eskenazi Health Center have unveiled a new plan for tackling HAPUs with similarly striking results.
Doctors could soon start using light therapy to help treat pressure ulcers.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the 2.5 million people diagnosed with pressure ulcers each year face a slew of challenges in their treatment. On the one hand, as the AHRQ noted, many healthcare facilities are facing issues with finding the right assessment tools and management options for this serious health concern. Even without those issues, Direct Health Services explained that science behind ulcers is complicated, involving a number of bodily systems from the skin and muscles to the circulatory system. As a result, Healthline explained that many ulcers end with surgical excision.
Now, though, there may be a new solution that’s decidedly simpler A researcher from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee has found a quick and easy way to treat ulcers: with light.
Itching can be a sign of proper wound healing.
Over the last several months, we’ve spent a great deal of time debunking the myriad of myths that permeate the wound care industry. These include harmful misconceptions like how plasters are just hives for germs, or that bleeding always means the wound is healing. Knowing what is true and what isn’t as it pertains to wound healing is important if you want to facilitate your own successful regimen.
Understanding wound odor is an important part of any treatment plan.
In 2015, the European Wound Management Association released an article detailing psychological effects of malignant fungating wounds. For many patients, as the EWMA argued, wound odor is among the hardest things to cope with emotionally, and that certainly must extend to other wound types as well. Not only is odor uncomfortable to be around, but it can be indicative of infections or other complications. It’s important, then, that all patients understand odor and how it can affect their personal wound care regimen.