Wound care is expected to cost billions of pounds annually. Wound management products are estimated tobe responsible for almost one-quarter of the costs. New approaches to woundmanagement are discussed in this chapter, along with ways in which innovationwill improve patient outcomes.
Fremont, CA : With the aging of the population, wound care is expected to cost billions of pounds annually. Wound management products are estimated to be responsible for almost one-quarter of the costs. Because of technological advances, the number of wound care products available to clinicians has increased exponentially, making treatment selection confusing and random. These new technologies must be systematically evaluated to determine their efficacy. A good clinical judgment must guide treatment decisions to speed wound healing and prevent further damage. New approaches to wound management are discussed in this chapter, along with how innovation is expected to improve patient outcomes in the future.
Why are Chronic Wounds so Difficult to Treat?
As a result, there is a need for continuous visits to monitor wounds. Because of Covid-19, going to medical facilities regularly could be risky for patients. As much as possible, we tried to minimize that risk. On the other hand, doctors visually inspect the wound and swab for contamination, but they lack the information necessary for determining how the wound is progressing and changing beneath the surface. Many treatments have been successful in animals over the years. They are not as effective on humans as one might think. Diabetic ulcers are still the leading cause of amputation, despite all the advances made.
"Smart" dressings also have the potential to deliver medication or treatments with minimal invasiveness, according to the company's description. When used to treat chronic wounds, this "smart" bandage is equipped with a microchip and sensors that provide electrical stimulation. The bandage can be left on for up to seven days before it needs to be changed.
Researchers are hoping that one day this smart bandage will sync up with a patient's phone and transmit information to the patient and their healthcare provider in real-time. Therefore, the wound dressing would not be disturbed. In addition, wound clinic visits can be reduced.