Wounds: an overlooked burden (Part 2) – Wound treatment: a daunting decision

Keywords: wound treatment options, treatment guidelines, speciality wound dressings, surgical wounds, trauma wounds, secondary intention wounds

Abstract

Various types of wounds are encountered daily in medical practice, and due to the numerous treatment options available on the market, making the most appropriate choice of treatment may be a rather daunting decision. The wound treatment should not inconvenience the patient to the point that the wound care becomes compromised. It is for this reason that a proper assessment of the wound status be conducted in order to select an appropriate treatment intervention or dressing type, as this will directly impact the way in which the wound heals. This article is based on the expertise of three active wound care practitioners and aims to provide guidance to clinicians when providing primary wound care. The downloadable tables can be printed and used as reference materials in daily practice.

Author Biographies

H Parkar, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

S S Mlambo, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

L Naude, Eloquent Health and Wellness

Eloquent Health and Wellness, South Africa

H Strydom, Steven Biko Academic Hospital

Department of Podiatry, Steve Biko Academic Hospital,  South Africa

N Nakidien, WoundNet

WoundNet, South Africa

A D Cromarty, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Published
2021-02-26
Section
Review