Wound Care

Wound care does not need to be something scary.

Everyone at some stage gets an injury and it is best that you know how to deal with it. Please note that I am in no way am I insinuating that medical practitioners are not needed in the process. I am saying that they are humans and make mistakes and so you need to be able to not blindly believe and ignorantly disagree.

It is also important to understand how to treat minor wounds at home, e.g. scrapes and bruises, understanding that some of the old fashioned remedies are harmful, while others are still better than modern medicines and some are enhanced by modern medicines.

I have spoken before about people getting hung up on one miracle cure. What if that miracle cure could be made better by combining it with another?

We have been running tests on some of the combinations and the results are mind blowing. I want to go into some of the test results, but I will do my best to stay focused and discuss those at a later stage.

Let’s start with a common graze.

What you are dealing with is damaged tissue, broken blood vessels, possible crushed tissue (which will die and cause infection), foreign matter (dirt, grit, bacteria, etc.) and exposed flesh with no protective layer.

Past day treatments include a kiss on your knee and sent on your way. Washed out with water or salted water, band-aid and probably Mercurochrome or purple spray.

There was a spray that gave a false layer of skin, fantastic in theory, but now you have put potentially harmful chemicals into an open wound and sealed in all the problems. There were teachings with the Red Cross to use a nail brush to scrub the wound.

I don’t want to be harsh and condemn these treatments, but explain that there is a better way. Firstly, scaring should be kept to a minimum. This is not for aesthetics, but rather what scaring can possibly do.

Scaring can form possible damaged cells which can lead to other much more serious problems. Scar tissue is restrictive and not as elastic as other tissue and so depending on where the scar tissue is, it can be painful, cause future tearing and bleeding of the tissue leading to even more scar tissue. I once had a blow to my ankle, the tendon bled and the scaring attached to the bone.

I battled for over a year with very limited movement in my ankle, shooting pain and unable to run before I found a physiotherapist who was equipped with the knowledge to break down the scar tissue. Why not just try and avoid it from the start.

Protecting healthy tissue and promoting healing.

When you wash out the wound, wash with something gentle. Water, saline solution, Epsom salts in the water. Avoid Detox, Salon, hydrogen peroxide and other such products. Why? Yes, they do a very good job sterilizing the wound, but they damage the healthy tissue, slowing down the healing process and giving more chance for infection at a later stage due to the death of healthy tissue and promote scaring.

Never, nevernever use a scrubbing brush on a wound! I don’t care how much grit is in the wound!

Take your time washing it out, let clean water run over the wound, soak it in warm water, but be gentle. Gentle means that you let the water do its job and don’t stick your fingers in the wound or any other object.

I know this is slightly off topic and we will discuss more serious wounds later, but a few years ago my husband got badly bitten by a dog. I stabilized the wound at home before taking him to the hospital and so glad I did. The doctor and nurse were so rough washing out the bites that they did further damage to the tissue. Not to mention that the tap water they were using was not clean! If you can’t drink the water, you should not put it on an open wound, fact!

My husband was patient with the medical professionals, I was not very gracious and made them stop. If they had been more gentle, I doubt the scaring would be as bad as it is today.

Once you have gently cleaned the wound as best as you can, put a drawing ointment combined with an antibiotic cream, anti-fungal, anti inflammatory and anti bacterial on the wound. The drawing ointment means that you don’t have to get every last piece of foreign matter out manually, the ointment will gently remove even the most microscopic pieces without damaging the surrounding tissue.

I use a gel gauze, or gauze smeared with petroleum jelly, then apply the ointment to the gauze, then apply the gauze gently to the wound and bandage it on. Never apply a dry bandage to an open wound and never over tighten the bandage.

Bandaging is also something that we will discuss in great length and I will do a how to video. Doctors and nurses are not taught the art of bandaging, that is something taught in first aid which is a course they normally do not take.

It is important to keep the wound moist with ointment (not a soggy bandage) during the healing process to keep elasticity in the developing tissue that will reduce scarring.

So, what all should your ointment do?

  1. Drawing agent
  2. Anti inflammatory
  3. Anti bacterial
  4. Anti fungal
  5. Antibiotic
  6. Increase permeability of cell membranes (Speed up the healing)
  7. Reduce bruising

I got tired of mixing up so many different things to get the results that I wanted that I now have it premixed and ready to use. Whether it be for my staff, my husband, friends, myself or my animals. It is safe and non toxic.

So, now your wound is dressed. Leave the dressing on for as long as possible. If possible, up to three days, but not exceeding three days. If it is half a day, that is also fine. Rewash the wound, allow it to dry and redress. Remember, no soggy bandages, that will breed a whole lot of nasties you are not equipped to deal with.

Let’s be practical, it is not always possible to bandage a wound. When we go into more serious wounds I will also show photos of my horse that got injured on her inner thigh and it was impossible to bandage. In this case, keep the wound as clean as possible and continue to apply as often as possible.

Some of the ingredients found in STEP 1 healing balm, honey, acropolis, MSM.

Once the wound is healing well and there is no more need for a drawing agent. The soft new skin is visible, I move to STEP 2 healing balm. It is not as sticky and messy. It promotes complete healing and reduces scaring. We discussed why this is so important earlier. Keep the wound open at this stage and apply the STEP 2 healing balm regularly, a minimum of twice a day for best results.

Hope this helps you and look forward to receiving your feedback. If you have anything that you feel out of your depth, please feel free to contact me.

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