2 surprising factors of wound healing

Having the proper wound care supplies is just one step toward a healthy injury or surgical site.

In addition to using the appropriate wound care supplies, there are a number of other factors that play a role in the healing progress of an injury or a surgical site. Ensure yourself or the person you are caring for a speedy recovery by keeping these surprising factors in mind:

  1. Nutrition: What you eat and drink can help your body thrive, especially when it's in a state of recovery.1 It's important to consume plenty of vitamins A, B complex and C via the foods you eat during this time, as they can help reduce inflammation and increased collagen formation. You should also opt for items that are rich in protein and iron, both of which are important for wound care health. Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated will ensure that the body produces enough electrolytes.
  2. Age: Seniors may be at a greater risk of suffering from infection or other issues while a serious wound is going through the healing process. Due to reduced elasticity of the skin and less collagen being created, the development of new, healthy cells slows.2 Additionally, elderly individuals generally have worsened immune systems, which put them at risk of contracting an infection. That's why it's always important to take proper precautions when changing dressings, such as always wearing disposable gloves.

Medex Supply provides all of the necessary wound care supplies to aid in the proper handling of dressing changes and wound cleaning to both individuals and medical professionals.

1 Elks Wound Center, "Physiology of wound healing"
2 Washington Health System, "Factors affecting wound healing"

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