For patients and their caregivers, just hearing that there’s hope of healing, that improvement will occur, and that the pain, malodor, and restrictions will one day be gone or lessened can make the situation easier to bear.
In clinical practice, the three questions most frequently posed by patients and caregivers are:
- Will this wound heal?
- How long will it take?
- Will the treatment cause pain?
Wound Treatment Goals include:
- Achieve a clean wound
- Heal the wound
- Maintain a clean wound bed, or
- Place the patient in another setting to continue care
Most active wound repair modulators accelerate wound healing, improve cellular proliferation, maintain an optimal moisture balance, and minimize harmful proteases, often converting the wound bed environment from a difficult-to-treat chronic wound to a normal wound that can heal itself. The goal in selecting a biological agent is to neutralize the harmful contents of chronic wound fluid by re-establishing a balanced wound environment that supports normal healing.