Home Wound Care Is Easy

How To Make Home Wound Care Easy

For a variety of reasons, wounds happen. They can be caused by a cut, burn, or fall. Sometimes wounds are a side effect of an animal bite or surgery and can be caused by infections. They can also be caused by having diabetes and having a cut or scratch become infected or as a result of being immobile with bedsores or pressure injuries. For whatever reason you need wound care, you may have something in common with many other patients, the desire to receive treatment at home.

The Basics For Home Wound Care

Wounds can be identified as a cut in the skin, graze, or redness or swelling around a mark. Generally, they will heal on their own, but in some cases, you may develop a chronic wound. A wound isn’t usually considered to be chronic unless it doesn’t heal within 8 weeks or if it has symptoms that should be seen by your doctor such as:

  • If the wound is deep
  • If the wound is near the eye
  • You have a fever
  • The wound was caused by being bitten from an insect, animal, or human
  • The wound is contaminated by saliva or soil
  • You have diabetes
  • The wound begins spreading redness, starts swelling more, becomes more painful, or becomes tender.
  • The wound becomes itchy
  • The wound smarts to have an unpleasant odor
  • The wound weeps or releases fluid.
  • Wounds often become chronic or infected due to underlying conditions that cause wounds to take longer to heal, even under minor pressure including:
  • Weaken Immune Systems due to age or other illnesses
  • Poor Circulation due to narrow arteries or
  • Diabetes that causes nerve endings in the feet to become damaged, so wounds remain unnoticed.
  • Venous insufficiency when the veins become enlarged leading to poor circulation
  • Damaged tissues due to burns or deep wounds
  • Mechanical pressure as a result of spending a long time in a wheelchair or in bed, causing ulcers to form under constant pressure on some body parts

1. Wound Cleaning

The first step to home wound care involves keeping the area clean to promote healing and prevent infection. So be prepared with your wound care supplies such as gauze, medical tape, ointment, and more which may be covered through insurance.

Depending on your wound treatment you may adhere to the following steps a few times a day: 

Cleaning is an important part of home wound care

  1. Wash your hands with warm soap and water.
  2. Clean the wound with a warm and soap washcloth.
  3. Gently wash the wound with warm soapy water.
  4. Gently pat the wound dry with a cry, dry towel
  5. Apply antibiotic ointment
  6. Apply a clean dry bandage

It can also help to regularly exercise to boost your circulation, maintain a healthy diet full of nutrition, especially vitamin C to give your body a boost.

2. Negative Wound Pressure Therapy

You can use a negative wound pressure therapy (NWPT) device in the comfort of your own home to accelerate healing. These mobile devices work by using a vacuum-assisted closure (VAC therapy) to seal the wound and promote blood circulation to the area while removing excess fluid to prevent infection.

The foam dressing used with the NWPT device helps keep moisture consistent and filters out objects such as blood clots, dead skin cells, and more that may get in the way of proper healing.

Many NWPT machines have an LCD screen to be easy to use and record data for your clinician to review. They’re also portable and quiet with disposable canisters and a carrying case to be easily used anywhere. Best of all, it may be covered by your insurance.

3. Use A Low Air Loss Mattress

Use a Low Air Loss Mattress in the comfort of your own home to both prevent ulcers and help heal pressure wounds. They prevent ulcers by providing an aerated, dry sleeping surface for healing and comfort.

The pulsating mode helps to reduce the mattresses’ air pressure to assist with increasing blood flow to the wound. They also have internal pressure monitors to continuously adjust for optimal pressure redistribution. See if you qualify to receive your Low Air Loss Mattress through insurance now!

A low air loss mattress can help with home wound care

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