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A new study by UK researchers found electrical stimulation to be effective in healing wounds faster and preventing them from becoming chronic.

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Electrical stimulation treatment for chronic wounds

Electrical Stimulation Treatment for Chronic Wounds

Hard-to-heal wounds are a clinical challenge for physicians across the world. When

wounds fail to heal, they become chronic and remain open for longer than six weeks.

It is very important to address chronic wounds to ensure quality wound care.

Researchers from the University of Manchester found that electrical stimulation (ES)

treatment is very effective to expedite the healing process and prevent chronic

wound formation. Angiogenesis or the formation of new capillaries from pre-existing

blood vessels is critical for the wound healing process. Insufficient angiogenesis lead

to impaired wound healing and chronic wound formation. This new research found

that treatment with ES resulted in increased angiogenesis that facilitated wound


The researchers carried out a unique human volunteer study of skin wound healing in

40 individuals. Harmless wounds of half-centimeter were created on each upper arm

of the volunteers. While one wound was left for normal healing, the other one was

treated with electrical pulses over a period of two weeks. These pulses stimulated

angiogenesis and organized blood vessel formation. ES treatment resulted in a

reduction in wound volume, diameter and surface area and an increase in blood flow

to the damaged area to accelerate acute cutaneous wound healing. The blood flow

increased significantly on days 10 and 14 following the application of electrical pulses

while these pulses significantly up-regulated angiogenesis and down-regulated

inflammation on day 14.

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Electrical stimulation treatment for chronic wounds

According to the University press release, the researchers are to work with a leading

bioelectronics company to develop and evaluate devices and dressings that use

electrical stimulation techniques to stimulate the body’s nervous system to generate

nerve impulses to the skin repair site. The principal investigator of the study says the

electrical stimulation technology has the potential to be applied to any situation

where faster healing is mostly desirable such as after the surgical wounds, accidental

or military trauma and in sport injuries. He also added that with this technology,

wound dressings will have a significant role in healing wounds and getting patients

back to health as quickly as possible.

Accurate Wound Documentation Critical for Faster Healing

If you really want to benefit from the new technology and heal wounds faster,

accurate wound documentation is very critical.

Holistic assessment of the patient with wounds is important for the wound

care process since a number of local and

systemic factors can delay or impair

healing such as malnutrition, medication,

obesity, psychological stress and so on.

A complete documentation of patient

history and other complications let

physicians keep tabs on these factors

and perform the assessment more


Physicians also need to consider three phases of wound healing –









complications and ensure proper healing. Documentation of wound

healing status can help physicians do this job more effectively.

Accurate wound assessment documentation is also very important for an

effective treatment plan – application of fluid for wound cleansing, selecting

the most appropriate type of dressing and management of complications.

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Electrical stimulation treatment for chronic wounds

When it comes to paper-based documents or general EMR, there is a huge amount of

patient data and it will take considerable time for both physicians and nurses to filter

out wound data they urgently need. This will cause delay in determining the

appropriate treatment plan and eventually impair wound healing. WoundEMR

supports wound-specific templates so that wound care physicians and nurses can

quickly enter and retrieve their data. This will speed up their job and finally result in

better provision of care and better wound healing. Wound EMR supported with an

interface for physicians and nurses can further improve the speed of data exchange.

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