István Rozsos MD, PhD, MBA
Theta Medical and Aesthetic Centre, Pécs, Hungary
Why should we talk about it?!
Even Curiosa gel containing zinc-hyaluronate is more efficient in teamwork…
You can read a lot about the development and the treatment of chronic wounds in many sources but promising results are expectable only if we apply widely accepted up-to-date methods and observe the principle of moist wound treatment. When thinking over the conditions and enumerating the multitude of factors the simultaneous presence of which are all necessary for recovery, we must recognize that, indeed, we often forget about an old hit: „It won’t work all alone…”
Why is this important?
Patients suffering from chronic wounds often feel isolated from society. The perception of this isolation is enormously aggravated if patients even have to cope with their illness by themselves. In addition to the fact that the treatment of their wounds is a lengthy process every day, the acquisition of the dressing material and other preparations necessary for wound treatment are also a considerable burden on the family budget.
Let’s examine in detail why it is recommended that family, friends and acquaintances should not leave the patient alone but should rather accompany them to the physician’s, be present at the change of dressings, undertake to learn the basic steps of wound treatment and help keep in mind the thousands of instructions, suggestions, inquiries during the visits in order to facilitate the patient’s recovery. Let’s not forget that the patient is in distress in the surgery, cannot pay attention to everything nor keep in mind all the instructions accurately. Moreover, in most of the cases the patient will promise more in the doctor’s surgery than what they can keep easily. THEY MUST BE HELPED in the execution of the physician’s instructions and it must be monitored that the patient should actually follow the prescribed therapy consequently.
Let’s enumerate the technical problems that the patient can solve only with assistance especially if the wound is in an area which is difficult for the patient to reach:
The patient might succeed in cleaning the often hard-to-reach wounds with great difficulties and wasting of the preparation, however, the proper application of the gel in the appropriate amount and without wasting much is not at all easy even in a sitting posture if one is in old age, not to mention being positioned in some other twisted postures.
A helpful relative is indispensable not only on the occasion of the change of the dressing but during the entire duration of the treatment. It is very important to help the patient by monitoring and checking the changes on a 1 to 3-day basis since the patient tends to patiently wait for a miracle even in spite of an aggravating wound…
A well-informed relative is faster in making a rational decision about the necessity of an out- of- turn urgent visit.
Monthly checkups by a GP are necessary even if the patient is healing and their complaints are alleviating. Generally, old patients, who move with difficulties tend to call off or postpone necessary examinations more frequently. Considering the changing phases of wound healing, often different kinds of wound treatment techniques are to be applied during the monthly medical consultations, often with the proper changing of dressing materials.
Yet, we must not forget that the road leading to healing can occasionally be very bumpy – a bumpy but viable one. However, more and more people have reached the end of the road in the past decade thanks to the up-to-date methods.
Up-to-date methods require much more serious preparation on the healers’ part as well and it can be carried out successfully only in teamwork. Only those can get lost on the way to success who are compelled to roam in the labyrinth of treatments without assistance. We have to look after and take care of one another…
In the course of history, patients with ulcer had to bear the burden of social isolation and the feeling of „I will never be healthy again” for long decades. Conditions as well as results have changed for the past decade.
Now that you have seen that the number of ’why-s’ is innumerable… let’s plan the strategy of healing together from now on.