This is an exciting and challenging time for wound care clinicians as a new understanding of the biology of healing wounds has given rise to many new wound care treatments and therapies. Although we are gaining new knowledge as to the biology of wound healing, “we can no longer care only for the wound itself; we must step back and look at the entire human being who happens to have a wound that needs healing.
”1 Being able to differentiate among the various treatment options, when and how to apply them, in what combinations, and when to change them has indeed become both an art and a science. “With the emergence of more complex products, we will be increasingly required to use these products ppropriately to maximize their impact. As a better understanding of the wound environment becomes available, our ability to tailor our approach and better treat the patient as a whole increases.”
Providing quality care for your wound patients starts with an analysis of the patient’s individualized wound assessment and continues with developing a plan of care, selecting the proper product, and reevaluating the plan of care as appropriate. Wound dressings can present a challenging decision for clinicians. Moist wound healing, moisture-balanced dressings, and certainly the principles of optimal wound interventions are key concepts needed to support the healing process. As clinicians try to heal wounds faster, the marketplace continues to provide many more treatment choices.
Currently there are reported to be more than 500 different types of dressings available to manage patients with wounds.3 Keeping abreast of wound dressing choices and various application techniques, as well as which product to use and when, is an ambitious task for all clinicians Wound healing in the 21st century has certainly changed. There have been more advances in wound care over the past four decades than during the previous 2,000 years.