The American Board of Wound Management has designated the month of June as Wound Care Awareness Month. This month is meant to acknowledge the individuals who live with chronic wounds and face challenges daily due to their conditions. This month is also meant to recognize the efforts of Certified Wound Care Associates®, Certified Wound Specialist®, and Certifies Wound Specialist Physicians®.
Nearly 7 million Americans are living with chronic wounds, meaning a wound that fails to process through the normal phases of wound healing in an orderly and timely manner. The longer these chronic wounds go without proper treatment, the greater the chance of infection, hospitalization, and possible amputation. Several factors can cause a normal wound to become a chronic wound. Most of these factors occur during the inflammation stage of healing where the wound will begin to fester, worsen, and possibly become infected. The most common chronic wound cases are venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infectious wounds, ischemic wounds, surgical wounds, and radiation poisoning. There are approximately 2 million people living with diabetic foot ulcers.
There are several preventative measures people can take to prevent chronic wounds. It is pivotal to understand the risk factors that increase the risk of developing chronic wounds such as diabetes, chronic heart disease, unhealthy lifestyles, etc. Knowing the risk factors can help one take a more proactive approach to facilitate a healthy wound care treatment. The level of moisture in the wound is also vital to proper wound care. A dry environment can lead to cracking, dehydration, and ultimately a longer healing time; while an environment that is too moist will allow bacteria to proliferate in the wound. Lastly, the timing in which the wound is treated is crucial in preventing a wound from turning chronic. Wounds need to be treated properly and promptly to ensure a healthy wound and lessen the likelihood of a wound becoming chronic.
It is important to become knowledgeable about wound care as chronic wounds are becoming increasingly prevalent in healthcare today. Protect-U-Guard can provide dressings, bandages, gauzes, and everything needed to properly treat a wound. Use this month to expand your knowledge on proper wound care techniques and ensure you have the products necessary to tackle all different types of wounds!