More than one-third of all patients at home are wound related and home wound care has become one of the most important needs in home-care services. Wound care at home is very different from hospital wound care. Given the complexity and the multiple factors that affect healing, home wound care is a great challenge. Patients have chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcer or open pressure ulcers ( bedsores) that don’t heal easily while in other cases, the patient or caregiver is unable to monitor and change dressings in the most effective manner using the appropriate dressings specialised foams, gels and colloids and devices like NEGATIVE PRESSURE WOUND THERAPY DEVICE.
Bedsores Treatment at Home
You may know pressure sores by their more common name: Bedsores. They happen when you lie or sit in one position too long and the weight of your body against the surface of the bed or chair cuts off blood supply. You might get them if you’re on bed rest or in a wheelchair.
Your doctor may talk about the “stage” of your pressure sores. The stages are based on how deep the sores are, which can affect their treatment.
If found early, there’s a good chance these sores will heal in a few days, with little fuss or pain. Without treatment, they can get worse.
This is the mildest stage. These pressure sores only affect the upper layer of your skin.
Symptoms: Pain, burning, or itching are common symptoms. The spot may also feel different from the surrounding skin: firmer or softer, warmer or cooler.
This happens when the sore digs deeper below the surface of your skin.
Symptoms: Your skin is broken, leaves an open wound, or looks like a pus-filled blister.
The area is swollen, warm, and/or red. The sore may ooze clear fluid or pus. And it’s painful.
These sores have gone through the second layer of skin into the fat tissue.
Symptoms: The sore looks like a crater and may have a bad odor. It may show signs of infection: red edges, pus, odor, heat, and/or drainage. The tissue in or around the sore is black if it has died.
These sores are the most serious. Some may even affect your muscles and ligaments.
Symptoms: The sore is deep and big. Skin has turned black and shows signs of infection — red edges, pus, odor, heat, and/or drainage. You may be able to see tendons, muscles, and bone.
VAC Therapy/ NPWT promotes wound healing by applying a vacuum through a special sealed dressing. The continued vacuum draws out fluid from the wound and increases blood flow to the area.
Post Operative Care
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Varicose Ulcers/ Varicose Veins Management
How do we operate: Wound care Nursing visit at Home – Wound Analysis and Assessment – Feedback to Doctors – Treatment Proposals to Patient Party – Estimated Cost – Acceptance – Start of Treatment. Dressings done by Trained wound care specialist Nurse.
Wounds caused by radiation, burns to get care similar to that available in hospitals and to prevent infections and other serious complications. Our trained nurse assess the wound, communicate with patient consultant and dress wounds with appropriate materials.
All services are provided with a proper plan and monitoring system as per wound condition and strictly under doctor recommendation. Icosano trained nurses attend patients at an appointed time at home between 9 am to 8 pm within Kolkata.
Wounds taken care by our trained nurses lead to :
- Greater patient comfort.
- Lower chances of complications and infections.
- Lesser time required to heal.
- Decrease in time spent on dressing changes.
- Improvement of patient outcome and quality of life.
On receipt of a referral of any patient directly or indirectly we follow the steps:
- We make appointment with the patient.
- Assess and understand the wound situation. Wound Analysis.
- Documentation of wound analysis.
- Feedback to Physicians and Patients.
- Start treatment in case patients and physician agree.
- Provide faster healing with patient satisfaction.