Researchers at at-work on a new device to treat wounds in real-time.
As the name might imply, complex wounds are much more involved than standard varieties that patients might encounter. Due to a number of factors – from the intensity of the wound to a patient’s specific medical background and overall health – these wounds require a much greater level of care and attention. It’s for that very reason that a number of different technologies have been created over the years, with machines like the negative pressure device built to improve the quality of care for millions of patients everywhere. That groundbreaking research continues today with yet another advancement. Scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington have created a device that can monitor and treat wounds in real time.
Certain adhesive tapes are designed to be hypoallergenic.
In the wound healing process, having the right tape or adhesive is often just as important as the kind of bandage or dressing. That’s because a large percentage of patients can have an adverse allergic reaction to certain kinds of adhesive materials. According to a 2010 report published in the journal Dermatitis, most patients experience what’s called contact dermatitis, which is a rash caused by foreign substances. In the case of adhesive tape, it’s usually one of a handful of chemicals, like hydroabietic acid – an industrial derivative – and wood rosin, which is another adhesive.
Fortunately, there is a solution, as many retailers offer adhesive tape that’s specifically designed to reduce allergic reactions and foster a more beneficial wound care experience.
There are different advantages to advanced dressings over standard gauze.
When it comes to proper wound healing, physicians have a wide array of dressings, bandages and other tools at their disposal. However, some of these options are more effective than others. Specifically, advanced wound care dressings have far more benefits than some more traditional methods such as gauze and tape. These include faster heal times, fewer issues concerning drainage and, in certain instances, less risk of accompanying infection.
Your insurance deductible will renew at the end of the year, making now a good time for a doctor’s visit.
Although you should never skimp on your health, making a last minute visit to your doctor is a wise choice as the end of the year nears, particularly when it comes to your wound care treatment. The key to saving money while enjoying the same level of care is to visit your doctor before New Year’s, as this will allow you to benefit from your current health insurance deductible. Not only will you save money by receiving the care and supplies you need, you will also be better equipped to treat your wounds during winter’s harsh weather conditions.
Going on a hike or other adventure can be a great time, but remember to take care of yourself.
Summer is a great time for hikes and other adventures, especially as the weather begins to calm down and present more pleasant temperatures. If you’re about to go on a wilderness trip, it’s important to know you could face a few different scenarios that would require using all of your wound care knowledge. If that’s a skill you don’t yet have, read on to learn how to take care of some common wounds in the wilderness:
A laceration or cut needs attention in the wilderness just as much as it does everywhere else. When you or a member of your party is cut, the first priority is to stop the bleeding. You need to pay attention to blood safety, so don’t touch someone else’s wounds unless you have gloves. If you don’t, have him or her apply pressure to the wound instead, until the bleeding stops. From there, clean and dress the laceration as best you can until you get to a place where there is medical care. The highest priorities are stopping the bleeding and keeping the wound clean, along with maintaining your own safety.
Close the wound?
It’s generally best not to close a wound in a wilderness setting. Don’t try to stitch a wound closed in the wilderness – both for reasons of cleanliness and the possibility of infection and the accompanying pus. When you’re dressing a wound outside, use a clean dressing while bandaging and changing it daily. If the wound is gaping, you can use a butterfly tape technique to keep it closed.
Signs of infection
If you’re out for more than a couple of hours – for example, if a wound happens while you’re on a camping trip – you’re likely to be at high risk for wound infection. To manage this, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of wound infection, like inflammation, heat, pus and fever. Infected wounds need immediate attention, so cut the trip short.
If you’re going on anything like a trip that will keep you far from civilization, you should bring someone who knows how to treat wounds in the wilderness. If that’s not you, it needs to be someone else – and if it’s no one, you need to get training before you go or switch trip ideas.
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