Providing Life Changing Solutions for Wound Healing

People are unique, therefore every person with a wound will have specific needs to be able to heal. Choosing the most appropriate treatment in a timely way for each patient is crucial.

Some patients may have underlying conditions which may impede the healing process. This is the case for patients with leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers. More generally speaking, patients presenting with one or more comorbidities (for example venous insufficiency, immobility, old age, diabetes, arterial disease) are at risk of increased healing times from day one. This represents a high burden for the patient(1,2), the clinician(3), and for the healthcare economy due to high costs(4) associated with prolonged treatment. Therefore, the priority for such patients is to provide the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible that will effectively reduce healing time and give patients their lives back.

Acute wounds (such as burns, traumatic or surgical wounds) should naturally progress along a healing trajectory, however it is important to optimise the wound healing environment and ensure harm free care for all patients.

A wound at risk or with signs of local infection requires cleaning the wound of slough, disruption of biofilm and effective antimicrobial treatment, to effectively fight against local infection.

REFERENCES

1. Herber OR, Schnepp W, Rieger MA. A systematic review on the impact of leg ulceration on patients’quality of life. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2007;5:44.

2. Hareendran A, Bradbury A, Budd J, et al. Measuring the impact of venous leg ulcers on quality of life. J Wound Care. 2005;14(2):53-7.

3. European Wound Management Association (EWMA). Position Document: Hard-to-heal wounds: a holistic approach. London: MEP Ltd, 2008.

4. French Health Insurance Report to the Ministry of Health for 2014. July 2013.