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The Importance of Wound Care

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The role of effective wound care is to promote faster healing and recovery process and protect the injury from suffering further trauma.

Chronic non-healing wounds will require specialized care due to underlying conditions that prevent them from pushing through healing states. The longer it goes without treatment, the greater the risk for infections and other complications.

Basic Principle of Wound Management

There is no denying the importance of effective wound care. Wounds that are complex and poorly managed can eventually lead to the development of chronic non-healing wounds.

For it to be effective, wound care should address several important factors.

The first step is to identify the contributing factors that highly contribute to the development of chronic wounds, which is mostly systemic and environmental.

Knowing the history and conducting a thorough physical assessment will certainly help.

Next would be to apply appropriate wound care techniques. These include choosing the right dressings and intervention depending on the cause, type, condition, depth, amount of drainage, and presence of infection.

Bandage dressings should provide adequate hydration levels in the skin, which is crucial for effective healing.

Lastly would be the assessment and continuous monitoring of the healing progress. If there are no visible improvements within two weeks, reassess the wound care plan and change it as necessary.

The Importance of Wound Care in Recovery

Here are some benefits of effective wound care treatment.

Preventing Infection

Using the right dressings and bandages reduces the risk of infection and other complications.

Open injuries are a high risk for exposure to severe bacterial wound infections, such as gas gangrene and tetanus. All these can develop into chronic wounds, long-term disabilities, bone infections, and worse, death.

Wound infection is the topmost concern as many injured victims who receives late definitive care suffers from this condition.

Speeds Healing

It isn’t true that wounds heal faster if left uncovered. In fact, it is a potentially dangerous myth about wound care that could lead to something worse.

Covering the wound in the entire healing process actually speeds up the recovery so the patient can go back to his routine right away. Moreover, properly bandaged injuries provide additional protection against bacterial infection.

Be sure to clean and dress the wound following the doctor’s instructions. Even if the outer appearance seems to be healing, do not skip the bandaging process until approved by a medical professional.

Keeping it clean and in a covered environment encourages skin tissue growth for faster healing.

Minimizes Scarring

A bleeding skin injury will require bodywork to repair the injured tissue, whether from an accident or surgery. As the skin heals, scarring may form, which is a natural part of the healing process.

Keeping the wound properly hydrated and moist throughout the process help lessen the appearance of a scare while discouraging hard scabs from forming.

Applying antibiotic ointments and other doctors’ prescribed medication during the early stage will help keep the injured skin soft and pliable.

Scar formation often depends on how well the wound health. While scars from surgery and over joints (knees, elbows) are difficult to avoid, minor cuts can become less visible with proper wound treatment.

Conclusion

We understand how uncomfortable, frustrating, and painful wounds can be. It is essential to always take proper care of the skin, especially after a traumatic injury.

Following the proper steps in wound care will push the healing process faster and more effective than ever before.

Without first aid training, it is easy to commit mistakes with proper wound care. Learn how to dress a wound, recognize signs of infection, and control any bleeding.

Sign up for a First Aid course to learn the latest techniques on treating wounds and earn a three-year first aid certification.

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