Chronic open wounds can benefit the most from innovative technology like antimicrobial dressings.
The management of wound care and the wound healing process is a science and an art that is constantly evolving. An ever-growing population in need calls for new scientific innovations in dressings, topicals, devices, and procedures to help better manage a variety of wound care issues. Those who suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, often experience painful and long-lasting wounds that are difficult to heal, creating open wounds that need healing the most. To combat factors that impede the healing process, recent research has produced promising examples of advanced technology used for chronic wounds.
Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (CTPs)
CTPs are of particular benefit to chronic non-healing wounds as they work to stimulate wound healing by utilizing the patient’s own cells to rebuild tissues. These products can be acellular, containing no cells, or cellular, containing living cells.
Acellular products consist of a porous matrix that functions by binding to the patient, allowing matrix-cell interactions that produce growth factors which encourage regenerative cell growth. Cellular products usually contain fibroblasts and keratinocytes (epidermal cells) embedded in a collagen dressing that works to form an epidermal skin layer. While initiating the healing process, CTPs are also successful at maintaining a moist wound bed, which is key to proper healing.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Often used as a last resort, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely effective wound care technology that reduces the risk of amputation, particularly for diabetics. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the body is exposed to 100% oxygen at a high pressure to speed healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be delivered in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in which the patient is completely immersed, or through a gas mask delivering 100% oxygen to the lungs. Although not as effective as the other methods, topical hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be applied to one part of the body—for example, the leg—by wrapping it in a plastic bag that is filled with pressurized oxygen.
Open wound care is constantly benefiting from new developments in dressings and topical products. Products that can absorb 500% of their own weight keep the wound area free from excess moisture. This includes advanced wound care products such as foam dressings and alginate dressings that encourage debridement. Other dressings, like those utilizing antimicrobial technology, can bind bacteria to their fibers and render them inactive, removing them from the wound and allowing it to heal.
Studies have also shown that silver-based dressings help fight bacterial infections that can hinder the healing of chronic wounds. While silver has been used for centuries, recent innovations have utilized nanotechnology to incorporate silver molecules into the surface of dressing fibers to better protect the wound healing process.
New sterile ointments work to control the pH of the wound’s environment. Because studies indicate that chronic wounds have a typical pH value of approximately 7–8, a slightly acidic environment of approximately 5 has been shown to stimulate wound healing.
Emerging wound care technologies that accelerate healing are very promising. Many believe that DNA-guided personalized medicine and the use of stem cells and gene therapy will continue to dominate in coming years.
At Advanced Tissue, our chief focus is on providing unique, unit dose packaging which includes everything you need for one wound dressing change. This helps you better manage the healing process and easily comply with your wound care program from the comfort of your home. Contact us to learn more about open wound care products at 877-811-6080. We can discuss the products we carry that utilize the most advanced technology in wound care available today.
Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients, delivering to both homes and long-term care facilities.