Wound care is a significant aspect of wound healing that prevents serious complications. In this post, we will discuss the treatment protocol of Bakersfield wound care.
- Wound cleaning – When you change the dressing, you can clean the wound with a saline solution.
- Debridement – In the case of chronic wounds, your doctor may remove the inflamed or dead tissue. This procedure is called debridement. Sometimes he may also apply a gel-based ointment to clean the wound. As you know, this procedure can be painful so, your doctor will anesthetize the site before debriding. So, don’t worry about that.
- Wound dressings – Your doctor will cover the wound with a bandage. Its purpose is to remove excess fluid from the site and prevent infection. There are different dressings available such as film, hydrogel dressings, gauze, hydrocolloid dressing, foam dressings, and dressings containing silver or alginate.
- Compression stockings and bandages – If the cause of a non-healing wound is poor circulation, your doctor might recommend compression stockings or bandages that create pressure and help the veins to take back blood to the heart. Thus it improves circulation.
- Antibiotics – Depending on the severity of the wound, your physician will recommend an antibiotic ointment.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – The goal of this therapy is to improve the oxygen concentration in the blood. You will have to go to a special chamber to breathe in oxygen at high pressure.
- Ultrasonic and electromagnetic therapy – Doctors may also use ultrasound and weak electromagnetic waves to treat the wound.
- Negative Pressure wound therapy – Also known as vacuum-assisted closure or VAC therapy, negative pressure wound therapy utilizes airtight dressings connected to a pump using a thin tube. The pump draws the fluid out of the wound continuously, thus creates negative pressure. It not only increases the blood flow but also keeps the site moist.
- Skin grafts – It is an option if the wound is too large. In this procedure, your doctor will take skin from another body part, usually the thigh, and place it over the wound.
- Management of medical conditions – You know that uncontrolled diabetes can lead to delayed healing. So your doctor may change your medications so that sugar levels come in the normal range and wound healing takes place. You also need to monitor your diet for better management.
Painful wounds can hinder your lifestyle, so do not neglect any non-healing wound.