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.
Lugdunin could help stem the tide against the deadly staphylococcus aureus bacterium.
Of all the many bacteria in the world, staphylococcus aureus may be the most detrimental to preventing wound infections and treating existing injuries.
This strain has helped to usher in the era of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, per a 2010 review in Nature Reviews Microbiology, and S. aureus is among the most potent of all microbes. It’s no wonder than that S. aureus was the cause of 11.6 million ER visits between 2001 and 2003, according to a 2006 report in Emerging Infectious Diseases with patients suffering either skin or soft tissue infections. And, as the Los Angeles Times reported, over 11,000 people die each year from S. aureus infections. There is even some research that indicates that S. aureus may be linked to a higher risk for diabetes.
Though research continues into new methods to defeat this microbial scourge, new hope rests closer than we might have imagined.
Scientists have created a new camera to help treat bacterial infections.
A number of studies and research projects have recently emerged about cameras and their use in wound care treatment. For instance, a 2014 study found that photographic documentation might help people with hard-to-see wounds. People who couldn’t see their wounds were less likely to care for them regularly. Then, in late 2015, another team of Italian scientists developed a special camera to aid with early wound diagnosis. The camera uses infrared light to detect a wound’s temperature, which is helpful in tracking wound healing and watching out for infections.
Now, according to a press release, English researchers have created a new camera device that specifically detects bacteria.
This new test, developed by chemists and engineers, may be able to detect some infections in under a minute.
Even with a number of safeguards in place and ongoing innovations in the wound care industry, infections continue to prove challenging to patients and caregivers alike. Post-surgical infections are especially problematic. According to a 2011 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 patients end up with a hospital-acquired infection. If a patient does have an infection, Drexel University explained he or she is 60 percent more likely to be admitted to the ICU. Infection risk continues even after discharge, as nearly 2 percent of all patients contract an infection while at home continuing their recovery. To better combat growing rates of infection, scientists in Washington, D.C. have unveiled an important new preventative device.
Proper nail care is the best way to prevent paronychia.
You depend on your hands for just about everything, meaning you should be sure to keep them in tip-top shape. One way to do that is to prevent paronychia, and if you can’t prevent it, treat it quickly. Don’t worry, paronychia sounds a lot scarier than it actually is: a skin infection around the fingernail. The cuticle or side of the nail will usually be red and swollen, and may be tender or warm to the touch. Less commonly, the shape or color of the nail may be affected as well.