How maintaining a clean and moist wound environment can efficiently heal thousands of people affected with pressure ulcers. With more than 700,000 people affected with pressure ulcers, proper wound healing is more vital today more than ever. Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressings (HRWD) keep the wound bed clean and moist to facilitate faster healing.
It’s simple. Clean wounds heal faster.
According to data by the UK National Health System (NHS), nearly 700,000 people are affected with pressure ulcers each year across all care settings and 186,617 patients develop hospital-acquired pressure ulcers each year.
But there is good news, one way to prevent the further bad evolution of these types of wounds is by ensuring proper cleansing and debridement.
Bacteria, necrotic and non-viable tissue, as well as fibrin act as a significant barrier to wound repair if not removed.2,3 It’s the act of debridement that removes necrotic material, eschar, devitalised tissue, sero-crusts, infected tissue, hyperkeratosis, slough, pus, haematomas, foreign bodies, debris, bone fragments or other “gross stuff,” with the objective of healing the wound.5
From mechanical methods to the body’s own natural cleansing potential, debridement comes in many forms.4 Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressings (HRWD) like HydroClean® plus work to ensure that dead tissues, fibrin and bacteria are absorbed and removed faster.
Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressings are proving to be an effective option in pressure ulcer debridement
In a recent case study, HydroClean® plus was applied to an 86-year-old man with a pressure ulcer on his hip.
The wound measured 120 cm2 and was covered in black eschar. There was minimal wound exudate but the wound was malodorous. HydroClean® plus was applied and changed every three
After the first dressing change, minimal necrotic tissue was visible with the underlying wound bed containing large areas of slough. After a further week of treatment, the wound was improving with evidence of a reduction in sloughy material and a corresponding increase in granulation tissue present.
The patient reported a reduction in pain and the wound was no longer malodorous.
The properties of a unique Rinsing-Absorption Mechanism.
Together, these qualities promote analytic debridement – a safe and natural form of wound cleansing.10,11,12
Autolytic debridement is safe and natural
Autolysis is a term that is frequently used in wound care to describe how the body’s own mechanisms enable removal of devitalised tissue in order to facilitate healing.5
The term ‘autolytic debridement’ describes a natural process in all kinds of wounds, which can be supported by a moist wound-management strategy.
Hydro-responsive solutions like HARTMANN’s patented HydroClean® plus support autolytic debridement in pressure ulcers, by rinsing, absorbing, and moisturizing the wound environment, essentially prepare the wound bed for closure and healing.5
HydroClean® plus promotes autolytic debridement
by protecting the release of patient’s own proteolytic enzymes and phagocytes cells which soften and breakdown bacteria and necrotic tissue..9,11,12
It’s simple. Clean a wound. Close a wound. Take the pressure off…for good.
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