Clinicians should emphasize the importance of proper nutrition to patients at risk of pressure wounds.
Clinicians know the important role that nutrition plays in wound treatment. It is not only is vital to the wound healing process, but also gives the patient the energy needed to keep active and prevent the wound from becoming critical or developing at all.
While diabetic foot ulcers are common, there are less familiar wound types that should be recognized as well.
Because of its prevalence, a diabetic foot ulcer is a wound with which the general public is most familiar. According to Podiatry Today, up to 26.1 million people worldwide have the condition and, in the U.S, they occur at the rate of 6 percent among Medicare beneficiaries
Researchers are developing a 3-D wound measurement tool they hope will yield more accurate results.
Wound measurement is a vital part of wound care, giving key information on the progression of the healing process. But with several different measuring techniques, an assessment may be different depending on the clinician and the method used.
Researchers are developing a gel derived from blood pressure drugs to aid in chronic wound healing.
A topically applied gel created from a common class of blood pressure pills has shown promise as a potential treatment in diabetic wound care after testing on mice and pigs.
A special mat may help clinicians in early detection of the conditions that can lead to a diabetic foot ulcer.
A special mat that can detect conditions that may lead to a diabetic foot ulcer could be a solution to one of the most common causes of hospitalization among patients with type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at the startup Podimetrics said the special software-enabled mat can help detect temperature differences in areas of the food that may indicate nerve damage, Diabetes.Co.UK reported. Patients with nerve damage may not be able to sense any pain, thus they may not recognize the development of a foot ulcer.