Seniors, and those who take care of them, are all too familiar with the frequency of wounds, especially chronic wounds. It’s common for seniors to get wounds, which arise from a wide variety of causes. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that chronic diseases that compromise skin integrity are becoming increasingly common among the country’s rapidly growing aging population. The more seniors, and their caretakers, know about wound care, the better they will be able to address the situation as it arises.
“Most seniors are going to experience some type of wounds,” explains Dr. Oleg Siniaguine, inventor and founder of OSNovative Systems, Inc., the company that has created the first wound dressing of a new self-adaptive class, called Enluxtra. “But the good news is that when you know about wounds you will be better prepared to help people care for them and to be able to heal properly.”
Here are 5 things for seniors and their caretakers to know about wound care:
- Wounds are prolific. Seniors tend to get a lot of wounds. The NIH reports that certain diseases such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease makes it easier to obtain wounds. As little as a small scratch could lead to development of a chronic non-healing wound and often lead to amputations. Pressure ulcers, caused by unrelieved pressure, are common among bed bound or paraplegic seniors. Wounds are a life threatening condition for seniors.
- Healing takes stages. The healing process of the typical wound undergoes four main stages, which include coagulation, inflammation, proliferation and maturation. However in the presence of certain diseases or in advanced age most wounds tend to stall when they reach the inflammation stage, making it difficult to continue on through the healing process.
- Infection must be prevented. One of the major problems that can arise when treating a wound is infection. There must be steps taken in order to prevent infection development and excessive bacteria growth for proper healing to take place.
- Surgical debridement increases tissue loss. Wounds often need surgical debridement, or dead or damaged tissue to be removed surgically – a painful and invasive process. This process may also lead to an overall tissue loss. The less surgical debridement that is needed, the better off the person will be.
- Moisture balance is crucial. One of the most important requirements for having a successful healing process is creating an optimal moisture balance. A moist wound environment helps the healing process, according to the NIH, but it must be balanced, because excessive moisture can damage (macerate) surrounding skin and further deteriorate the wound.
“There are a lot of important factors that contribute into a successful wound healing,” added Dr. Siniaguine. “The good news is that we have designed Enluxtra to meet these needs, and others, in order to make the healing process easier and more successful. Keeping Enluxtra on hand can help seniors heal wounds faster.”
Enluxtra wound care dressing is a new product that has been designed to work with any wound and make proper wound care as easy as possible, taking care of changing wound needs automatically. The dressing does not need any customization at all except of choosing a right size.
It is a self-adapting solution, which means that it can sense the changing needs of the wound and properly address them. For example, if the wound becomes too moist, or too dry, it reacts accordingly and adapts its function to what is needed for proper healing. The dressing also prevents bacterial growth and serves as a barrier for keeping infection out of the wound, while still being breathable.
In addition to not needing any customization, Enluxtra also helps to eliminate odors and reduce pain. It also helps to eliminate slough from the wound, as well as reduce the need for sharp debridement.
Enluxtra wound dressing is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, cleared by the FDA, can be used for up to 10 days (depending on drainage level), is simple to apply, does not stick to a wound and is very easy to remove.
Enluxtra is effective on most wounds including such wounds as lacerations, graft wounds, burns, trauma wounds, post operative surgical wounds, pressure and venous ulcers, and leg ulcers, among many others. It can be purchased OTC (without prescription) from Amazon or from company’s online store at www.AnyWound.com. All major medical supply distributors carry the product for professional purchase. Clinics, physicians, and other healthcare professionals can order a free professional sample package of Enluxtra by logging onto the company Website at: www.AnyWound.com.