What is advanced wound care?
Most abrasions, cuts or minor wounds do not require advanced wound care products or a trip to the doctor’s office. There are 2 types of wound care products; traditional and advanced. When a more severe injury or wound occurs knowing the difference between traditional and advanced products can help you seek the proper treatment and consultation with your physician.
Traditional wound care:
Traditional wound care products are the ones you can find over-the-counter at your local pharmacy such as antibacterial ointments, bandages, sterile gauze, plasterers and sterile saline. These products do an excellent job of taking care of most minor scrapes, abrasions or minor lacerations, but if these injuries are more serious or if you have a condition such as diabetes which can promote an infection, you may need an advanced wound care product to promote the healing of your wound.
Advanced wound care products:
Advanced wound care products are designed to treat complex injuries and require a doctor’s order or prescription. Examples of these products include alginates, colloids, hydrogel was prescription ointments, hydrocolloids, hydrogels and “synthetic grafts”. Advanced products help promote an environment in the wound that aids the healing process. In general, these products protect the wound from infection, help remove dead tissue, decrease pain and promote oxygen flow in the wound. Examples of injuries that need advanced wound care products are deep lacerations, chronic ulcers, infected wounds, severe burns and extensive blisters. Additionally, any health conditions that compromises her body’s immune system is likely to require an advanced wound care product to prevent infection and promote healing. Examples of injuries or wounds that need advanced wound care products include diabetic and venous ulcers, deep lacerations, infected wounds, burns and severe blisters.
Wound Care at WCH:
From non-healing skin tears, venous leg ulcers to non-healing traumatic injuries- patients at The WCH Wound Care Center receive individualized treatment for chronic wounds by the expert hands of our nurses, and talented General Surgeon, Robert Ripley, MD, FASC. and Podiatric Surgeon, Dr. Tanner Moore, DPM.
Call 928-668-5506 to learn more.