How Technology has Helped Enhance Chronic Wounds Management

How Technology has Helped Enhance Chronic Wounds Management

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The promising technologies such as sensors, electronic devices, imaging systems, and many more play a vital role while diagnosing and also treating chronic wounds.

FREMONT, CA: The body is designed in such a manner that it has tremendous capability to heal itself. However, there are some chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), venous leg ulcers (VLU), and pressure ulcers (PU) the often need treatments because they are non-healing wounds. The following trends have the potential to treat non-healing injuries, such as:

• Kits and devices for streamlining and reducing the complexity of wound care

• Early diagnosis for detection of pathological bacterial infection

• Tools to bring increased healing rates into the home

• Connected devices and sensors for ulcer prevention

• Connected devices and sensors to enhance patient monitoring and care effectiveness

Current studies on wound care have proved the accessibility of several technologies for managing it. The critical component of wound management is regular debridement. However, the devitalized tissues in wounds create a physical barrier to the tissues that are newly decreases healing rates. Ultrasonic surveys for debridement helps in removing the devitalized tissue with the help of microstreaming and cavitational effects. The technology is promising as it can disperse bacterial biofilms, thus stimulating wound healing. The novel point-of-care fluorescence imaging device is a type of a non-invasive device that envisages the potentially harmful bacteria that a naked eye cannot witness. Also, it can be extensively used for bacterial management.

The innovative, intelligent insole system will also be useful for the reduction of diabetic foot ulcer recurrence in patients. The implement of sensors in smart beds and shoes for ulcer prevention monitors compression pressure, and the sensor information is collected to actuate uniform pressure distribution. Additionally, the pressure distribution mechanism also heals bedsores. The new bioelectronic devices track the development of the wounds and also stimulate the healing processes in real-time so that it can optimize tissue repair and regeneration, thus improving healing rates.

The negative pressure wound therapy with instillation also promotes wound healing in severely ill patients with large scars where the instillation feature and specialized dressings permit solutions to infiltrate the wound for prolonged contact. The progress of lasers provides a novel 3D laser technology for digital wound imaging and accurate 3D wound measurement.

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