Wound Care

Erythromycin for facial lacerations

Erythromycin for facial lacerations

Erythromycin ointment may be prescribed in place of bacitracin when performing facial laceration repair or sutures.

A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

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Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.

Generic "caine" is effective 
for wound care


Generic "caine" is effective 
for wound care


Most pharmacies have a generic, affordable "caine" medication to relieve pain in wound care.

Numbing a wound on infected skin 


Numbing a wound on infected skin 


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Incision and drainage on already infected skin structures can always be uncomfortable for the patient.

Leg ulcers heal faster with maggot therapy

Leg ulcers heal faster with maggot therapy

Wound debridement is significantly faster with maggot therapy during the first week of treatment compared with conventional debridement, but differences were no longer significant after fifteen days, study data indicate.

Are iodine preparations safe for treating pressure sore eschar formations?

The use of povidine-iodine in wound care is controversial. Several experimental studies have demonstrated concerns regarding its safety and effect on wound healing.

Bacterial biofilms explained

What are bacterial biofilms, and is there a link between these communities and chronic infections? What treatment strategies are recommended?

Referral to a specialist not in time

Referral to a specialist not in time

Did a patient die because her clinicians waited too long before referring her to a wound-care clinic?

Clearing up pressure sores

Should silver sulfadiazine cream be first-line therapy for pressure sores?

Zinc

Zinc

Do we finally have a cure for the common cold? The manufacturers of zinc preparations think so, but the data remain inconsistent.

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