Wound healing is an intricate process in which the skin and the tissues under it repair themselves naturally after an injury. Almost as soon as someone sustains a wound injury, their body begins the healing process. The complexity of the wound can be measured with the kind of injury and its intensity. It also depends on the part of the body where the injury takes place. In order to ensure that the healing is effective enough, immediate treatment of the wound is very important. This can only be done in case of providing home care services as well before taking the patient to a hospital. A well trained nurse or nursing staff or even an experienced care giver may also be able to give the essential would healing care.
Home Care Tips & Tricks for Wound Care
Home health care services can be the initial best cure for any wound if nursing home care is properly guided and provided. Here are few essential wound healing tips that everyone should know, especially caregivers, in order to facilitate home nursing:
In home care health services, the most important and foremost step in handling a wound is HAND WASHING. Don’t forget to clean and wash your hands before you go near a wound as it is very vulnerable to viruses and bacteria at that stage. Washing hands can be done with clear water or sanitizer too. Medicated gloves can also be worn if available in the house.
The second most important step is to observe if the amount of blood in an injury is appropriate to be handled in house otherwise the patient should be taken to the hospital immediately. Blood helps clean a wound, so a little blood is good. Generally, it is seen that small cuts and scrapes stop bleeding quickly, but you can also support this process by applying a firm, gentle pressure to the wound with gauze or tissue.
- Wounds Cleaning and Antibiotics
The instant home care service for any kind of a cut or scrape is cleaning the wound with cool water or putting an ice cube over the wound (soap and washcloth are optional). After washing a wound, apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream and ointment on it as it not only keeps the wound moist, but it also reduces the risk of infection.
- Treatment of Burns
Burns are one of the most painful wounds in medicine and they tend to be treated likewise. The best home care assistance for a minor burn is to cool the wound with cool water instantly after the burn takes place and later put cool water over to calm the wound. After that, dressing of the area with any burn ointment or cream should be done. In case of blisters, do not pop them and see your doctor as soon as possible.
Immediate home care nursing includes bandaging the wound. If it is a little scratch or a minor cut, a bandage or a thin layer of ointment with a sterilized gauze can do. However, if you think that wound is deeper, after bandaging, consult your physician immediately.
- Signs of any Allergy or Infection
Another quick tip for nursing home care of wounds is to check whether any signs of allergy or infection are anywhere around the wound. If a person feels itchiness or burning under the bandage, he may have an allergy to the adhesive used in some bandages. If redness keeps spreading out of the injury site, or even if slight swelling is happening, a green or yellow fluid can be seen, and you find something unusual around the wound, then the person may have an infection and a doctor should be contacted right away.
If the wound is taking longer to heal, make sure to contact a professional health care professional, or get help from a trained nurse or experienced nursing staff to take care of the wound for an extended period of time. For further assistance, give us a call at 0300 8466333 to talk with our health care professional.