Sugars Can Help Heal Non-healing Skin Wounds, Says Study

Skin WoundsA joint study by researchers from the UK and Pakistan has found that Sugars can help in treating poor-healing wounds such as chronic ulcers in the elderly, and diabetic ulcers. Research conducted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sheffield, and the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials Research at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, showed that sugar can help in new blood vessel formation, also known as angiogenesis. In fact, new blood vessel formation is essential for wound healing as blood vessels carry blood around the body which ultimately supplies the body with oxygen and nutrients. Researchers added a simple and cost-effective sugar solution to a hydrogel bandage to stimulate blood vessel formation. The new technique works because a specific group of sugars can stimulate skin healing.

Life expectancy has increased throughout the world, and as a consequence people are experiencing more non-healing skin wounds associated with age, poor blood supply and diabetes. Healthcare providers can improve patient care by using wound management software to document, monitor, review and report wound treatments over time. In fact, wounds that do not heal are difficult to treat and are very expensive for healthcare systems to manage. However, the new skin healing technique using simple sugars help address non-healing skin wounds, thereby reducing the number of treatments needed for patients. As a result, clinicians could treat more patients and national healthcare systems could make significant savings.

Assessment and documentation of non-healing skin wounds are as important as the treatments themselves, as they inform doctors and help make decisions about appropriate treatment. Therefore, the assessment and documentation should be accurate and clear. The type and location of the wound, size, depth, exudate or signs of infection and other details should be clearly documented. Woundcare EHR can help healthcare providers to make this task easier and reduce errors, improve patient safety, and ensure better patient outcomes.