Wound Awareness Week 2021
Everyday cuts and wounds are so frequent that we’ve all been victims of them at some point in our lives. They can’t be avoided, yet it’s amazing how little we know about them and how to treat them. These wounds may be quite painful, so whatever knowledge you have about cuts and wounds will help you deal with them more effectively, resulting in faster healing and less suffering.
This week aims to increase awareness of chronic wounds throughout Australia. Every year, Wounds Australia members, the general public, health care professionals, and individuals who have suffered from a chronic wound are encouraged to express their support during the week.
With over half a million Australians affected by chronic wounds at any given time, it’s critical that you remain up to date on the newest treatment and guidance, as well as enhance your abilities, to ensure the Australian community receives the best possible care. These wounds may develop as a consequence of accidents or surgical incisions, or as a result of illness and condition problems, and may proceed to become chronic wounds that do not heal quickly.
Wound Awareness Week 2021 (WAW21) is Wounds Australia’s most significant annual campaign to improve awareness of chronic wounds and influence wound management policy. WAW21 will be used to focus decision makers’ attention on the best ways to solve chronic wounds, and to:
- make supportive policy announcements
- create opportunities for Wounds Australia, and partner organisations, to highlight policy shortfalls and solutions.
5 Myths around wound and wound care!
MYTH I: Uncovered wounds heal faster
It is essential that you keep the wound clean and clear of bacteria or other infections. After washing your wound completely with a disinfectant or alcohol, it’s recommended to cover it with a plaster.
The wound pad gives sufficient cushioning and protection to the wound from unanticipated future damage to the same area, and the covering helps to keep the wound free of bacteria, germs, or any type of fungus.
MYTH II: A scab over the wound is a good sign
This is a common misconception. A scab on the wound, on the other hand, prevents the formation of new cells and so delays healing. Scabs can also trap air and germs throughout the healing process, increasing the risk of infection.
This is another reason to cover your wound with a professional and specialised plaster and ensure that it has gone through the correct moist healing process, which is considerably faster than a dry healing process that results in the formation of scabs.
MYTH III: All wound dressings are interchangeable and similar
Despite the fact that all plasters and wound dressings have the same qualities – they stick and are antibacterial – they are not interchangeable. You must be extremely cautious when selecting a plaster for a certain type of damage. Different plasters are created by experts to treat a variety of wounds.
These plasters are tailored not just to the type of wound but also to the damaged body part. Puncture wounds, scratches, cuts, knees, elbows, fingertips, and other body parts are all treated with specific plasters.
MYTH IV: Slow wound healing is normal
This should be seen as a major red sign. Slow wound healing can sometimes be a symptom of a more severe disease, such as an immune system problem or a blood circulation problem. It is advised that you see a doctor very away to have the issue evaluated.
MYTH V: More pain is caused by deeper wounds.
A layman’s logic would lead them to believe that this is correct, while in fact, the reverse is true. Due to the dense abundance of nerve endings just beneath the top layer of the skin, surface wounds are more painful. As a result, minor cuts, wounds, punctures, and abrasions require the same level of protection and treatment as larger or deeper wounds.
Now that you’re aware of some common wound-care misconceptions, you’ll be in a better position to treat minor cuts and wounds using the first-aid kit you already have.
It’s your time to know more about it and help others in a time of need!
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