Most people, at some point in their lives will experience an open wound – either due to a surgical operation or by a chronic disease - but most of open wounds are general minor and can be treated at home.
Injuries occur and sometimes we get into situations where our skin gets mistreated or damaged skin and body cannot always be protected from the environment or everyday obstacles, but sometimes we don’t realize this as much as much as we should.
Major skin abrasions and any direct damage to the skin usually requires medical attention to ensure that the skin properly heals, with no infections. The type of bandage and antiseptic required will depend on the type of wound and the severity of the injury. Since open wounds are more prone to infections, it is extremely important to attend to wounds straightaway no matter how big or small. Infections can be caused from the smallest amount of bacteria entering a small wound, which can cause havoc on your body and immune system. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that wounds – both surgical and minor - are properly dressed and cared for.
Surgical wounds mostly heal within two weeks but it may take longer if you have a medical condition or you take medication, such as steroids. During the healing process, you or the carer that is looking after you will need to look after the wound, change the dressing, clean the wound correctly, and keep an eye out on indications of complications i.e. infection.
The wound examination process requires a thorough going-over of the wound by a medical professional, and new technologies are improving the protection of wounds from drying out and ensuring the free exchange of gases and water vapor, accelerating the wound-healing process.
In some cases, wounds can be long-term and permanent known as chronic wounds and are typically more common in the older adult population. Whilst they can be treated over a long period, chronic wounds will often not repair itself and are considered as chronic if healing has not happened within 2-3 months. The causes for chronic wounds include challenges with health, poor nutrition, stress, impaired mobility; or medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neurotherapy or peripheral arterial disease. Often with chronic wounds, long-term care is required to tend to the cleaning and re-dressing of the wounds by either a medical professional or a family member.
If you work in professional healthcare or deal with wound care at home with situations that require using medical aids and bandages, or if you need care and use wound care products regularly we’d like to hear from you. We Love Wipes team is looking for volunteers to speak privately about experiences and preferences on different kind of wound care products and dealing with them as a part of daily life. If this something you’re interested in, please get in touch with us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, on welovewipes.com or through our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter.