Educating yourself on how to pack wounds will help to ensure proper wound healing.
Deep wounds require special dressings and an understanding of how to pack wounds to encourage healing and reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Proper wound packing is crucial for tissue growth at the wound’s base to prevent the premature closure of the wound and the formation of abscesses. By following the instructions below and the individual recommendations of your doctor, you can promote healthy wound healing.
A new kind of wound dressing can be applied and then removed quickly, all without damaging the surrounding tissue.
The market for wound care dressings already features quite a few innovative materials. For instance, collagen encourages several key pillars of wound healing, including angiogenesis and debridement. Hydrocolloid dressings, meanwhile, are aimed at preventing infection and maintaining proper moisture levels.
But in recent years, there have been a number of important new breakthroughs. These include wound dressings made from Atlantic cod, which are geared toward slow-healing wounds, and dressings made from a self-repairing plastic. More recently, scientists from Boston University have developed a new kind of wound dressing designed to better treat burn patients.
A new study has found that crocodile blood has wound healing capabilities.
In recent months, we have heard of a number of animal-related products and research studies that have profound implications for the wound care industry. Whether wound dressings made to simulate spider webs or using tilapia to improve wound healing rates, there are a number of hugely beneficial animal species. If there’s one creature you would might not assume to be helpful, the crocodile might come to mind. After all, saltwater crocodiles are responsible for 2,000 deaths each year, per the U.K.’s Telegraph. As it turns out, though, the crocodile may have a wealth of health benefits for humans.
Sharks have powerful skin and antibodies that could be used to improve wound care rates.
Perhaps of all the animals in the world, sharks are perceived as being the most lethal. But despite what years of “Shark Week” and viewings of “Jaws” might tell you, sharks are not nearly as dangerous to humans as once believed. According to National Geographic, sharks kill on average approximately one person every 24 months. In fact, there are way more deadly items in your household: Falling television sets, for instance, killed 29 people in 2012 alone (figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission).
That’s not to say that sharks aren’t capable of harming us, but our perceptions of these beasts have changed in recent years. Now, they may actually be of great medical value to humans.
The Atlantic cod has been used to create a new kind of wound dressing sheet.
Over the last several months, there have been a number of impressive wound care breakthroughs courtesy of animal products. That includes a powerful foam inspired by frogs and wound dressings made from eggshells. Additionally, scientists have used Zebrafish to study the properties of skin growth. Now, fish are once again helping push the boundaries of wound healing technology. As the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported, scientists in Great Britain have used Atlantic cod scales to treat slow-healing wounds