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Hand Wound Care Service in Mackay
Wound Care Service in Mackay

How We Help

Wound care has progressed with a lot of research into how to achieve the best environment for healing.

It has been shown that a moist environment increases rates of healing up to 54%. However, how do you achieve the ‘moist’ and what does this actually mean?

All wounds are not equal and there is no cookie-cutter solution for success. You need to consider:

  • Is the wound still bleeding?
  • Is it really dry and scab formed?
  • Is there an infection?
  • Are there any other injuries to blood vessels from your injury?
  • Are the lymphatic, arterial and venous systems doing their job in returning the blood to the heart?

These are all contributing factors to help decide the wound care plan.

The aim of healing is to get the skin edges to close together as quickly as possible.

As the wound heals, the body is undergoing many processes to clean up the ‘rubbish’ and lay down collagen to hold the area together while it gains strength.

It takes up to 12 months for a scar to fully mature. What we do in the early stages of wound care has a huge influence over this process.

The other important factor is considering the environment of the wound – if there is a lot of swelling in the area, this increases the distance between the cells, so the waste products the cells produce as well as the nutrients delivered to the area in your blood is mixed in.

Swelling can increase the time it takes to heal for this reason, it can also have impacts on how much a joint can move affecting how the wound heals.

Wound Care Service

At Upper Limbs & Things, we aim to determine the cause and provide individual treatment options.   Reducing the tension on the skin and keeping the moisture in while still allowing the wound to breathe can significantly impact the outcome. We also provide the service in addition to working closely with the Wound Care nurses in the treatment of leg ulcers. 

Choosing the correct dressing to support this is important. Depending on where the wound is located and what structures it covers can influence which dressing you choose.  

For example, what you might use on a palm is different from a forearm that may be covered by a sleeve and not placed under taps when washing hands and different from a chronic leg ulcer. 

By providing qualified wound care, we aim to: 

  • Promote healing as quickly as possible to reduce scarring and associated complications
  • Use Non-adherent dressings
  • Reduce pain, especially with dressing changes
  • Stream line dressings to allow you to move

Book your appointment online or contact us to find out more.