A chronic wound is the one that has failed to progress through the phases of healing in an orderly & timely manner and has shown no significant progress in the standard healing process of 30 days. Such type of wounds requires advanced wound care treatments. These advanced wound healing treatments come with a wide array of dressings, bandages, and other tools.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the benefits and the various methods of advanced wound care treatments.
Advanced Wound Care Treatment is Beneficial For
Patients with various types of wounds benefit from the healing diabetic foot ulcers, this includes:
- Diabetic patients with the lower extremity wound of any duration. Early intervention of diabetic foot ulcers prevents various complications such as infection, amputation, and hospitalization.
- Patients that are having a wound that hasn’t healed within the expected timeframe for acute wounds. These wounds may be of traumatic, postoperative or of unknown etiology.
- Patients having an ostomy or fistula complication, such as leaking ostomy appliance, peristomal hernia, or peristomal skin ulceration. Advanced wound care treatment is also beneficial for patients who require further postoperative ostomy instruction.
- Patients dealing with a pressure ulcer, such patients often require specialized intervention & education on pressure reduction and use of medical devices.
- Patients that are on the high-risk of having wounds associated with conditions like chronic venous insufficiency, arterial insufficiency, or immunosuppression.
- Patients that are suffering neuropathic wounds (of any duration).
Wound Care Treatment Methods
Some of the advanced wound care treatment methods are:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy-
it is a specialized treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet the specific criteria. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This therapy quickly increases the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to the patient’s wound site for faster healing.
this is the medical procedure of removing the dead, damaged, or infected tissue which improves the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissues. On the basis of the type & condition of the wound, this may include wiping with sterile gauze, rinse with the saline solution, pulse lavage (forced rinsing & suction), a whirlpool bath or cutting with a scalpel or scissors.
in this process, the right type of dressing is selected for a particular wound so as to ensure effective and speedy healing.
In addition to advanced wound therapy, patients are given hands-on training to ensure that the healing process continues at home as well. This training includes educational materials & resources, as well as the instructions for nutrition, cleaning & dressing the wound, exercises to increase blood circulation and it helps in maintaining a range of motion and proper skin care techniques.