A new hydrogel has been developed that can be applied and removed in no time flat.
Whether on city streets or the battlefield, traumatic injuries are a massive threat to large swathes of Americans. According to some estimates from the Amputee Coalition, of the 2 million people in the U.S. who live with limb loss, 45 percent of those cases were the result of trauma, and another 185,000 amputations occur every single year.
In order to better prevent these injuries, the U.S. military and several private organizations have come up with a slew of handy wound care devices. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration had a hand in creating XSTAT 30, a revolutionary new form of wound dressing. Around the same time, the Office of Naval Research created a special wound wrap to prevent amputations.
Today, another important tool for treating these traumatic injuries is unveiled courtesy of a team from Boston University.
Wound care product videos are linked to each customized Smart Pac.
Although the average adult reads on a seventh-grade level, according to an article in American Family Physician the majority of health care literature is written at the 10th grade level. Individuals with inadequate health literacy are more likely to be hospitalized than patients with adequate skills.
These new bamboo dressings were found to accelerate wound healing as well as prevent issue with odors.
Anyone who has even the faintest insight might be aware of the sheer number of unique material types used in the wound care industry.
There are the more traditional options, like collagen and hydrocolloid. While those options are relied on most often in hospital settings, researchers are continually making upgrades and improvements. Part of that expansion means new materials. For instance, fish have become a frequent source for wound dressings, as their skin contains several beneficial compounds. However, not all new dressing types are as organic; some feature computer technology to make monitoring a snap.
Now, another dressing-related breakthrough has emerged courtesy of a team of doctors from the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing in Punjabi, India.
Patient awareness is essential for creating the best wound care outcomes possible.
In the July 2016 of the British Medical Journal, two medical researchers, Marty Makary and Michael Daniel, made a startling announcement: Medical errors had grown to become the third leading cause of death in the U.S. With these errors responsible for 251,452 deaths in 2013 alone, they trailed only heart disease and cancer.
While these findings may have been shocking, Makary and Daniel explained that this shift highlighted the need for changes within the medical community. Specifically, patients need to be better informed. If patients aren’t aware of what’s happening as they seek medical treatment, it could adversely affect their personal well-being.
With preventative measures and the right wound care products, you can overcome ulcers.
According to the most recent estimates from the American Diabetes Association, there were 29.1 million Americans – 9.3 percent of the total population – living with diabetes as of 2012. While there are quite a few conditions associated with diabetes, foot ulcers are among the most severe.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, these diabetic foot ulcers occur in approximately 15 percent of all diabetic individuals. And while some people only associate these diabetic foot ulcers with pain or discomfort, six percent of that group will have to be hospitalized due to complications or infection, and 85% of foot amputations are preceded by ulceration.
But ulcers don’t have to have such a massive effect on patients, and there are several ways to counter these painful wounds.