Most people know how to deal with everyday cuts, scrapes, burns etc but sometimes wounds may require more than giving first-aid and putting on a wound dressing. Some types of wounds require to be stitched in order to properly heal. The types of wounds that may require stitches include incisions, lacerations and punctures.
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Children and elderly are one of the most at-risk groups for getting injured and wounded. Even relatively insignificant wounds can make children very uncomfortable and in case of serious wounds, managing a child can be very difficult. Children have a lower threshold for pain and they don't want to be confined which may be necessary sometimes. The standard wound care methods involve using wound dressings or bandages to protect the wound. However, there are issues associated with wound dressings such as choice of an appropriate dressing because an inappropriate dressing can cause damage to the healing process. Discomfort during application and especially upon removal is another problem from patient's perspective. Fortunately, a new therapy (Negative pressure wound therapy) was introduced a few years ago which addresses these issues and manages severe wounds effectively while decreasing the need for dressing changes which can be quite uncomfortable.
After stopping the bleeding, what's the first thing done to treat a wound at home? Properly cleaning the wound is one of the most important things in wound care. Even the best wound dressings and bandages or medicines can't heal a wound if it is not properly cleaned in the first place. The commonly used wound cleaning products include normal saline, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hypochlorite etc. While choosing a wound cleaning product, the most important consideration is the safety of the product. First-aid kits come with wound cleaning products such as saline water but something else much more conveniently available, safe and as effective, can be used to clean wounds and that is clean drinking water. An Australian study suggests that drinking water can be a very good alternative to saline solution or other wound cleaning products.