People with diabetes are often known to experience slow healing of wounds, due to the elevated levels of glucose in their bloodstream. Studies have proved that such wounds heal faster when they are cleaned at regular intervals since cleaning helps in the removal of infectious germs, dead or infected tissue cells, and any foreign object that may be embedded in the wound.
What studies say
There have been studies that have proved that various types of wounds heal faster when they are cleaned on a regular basis. The records of a hundred and fifty five thousand patients treated at one of the wound care centers of Healogics were studied to understand the benefits of regularly cleaning wounds among diabetic patients.
Their research showed that different types of wounds healed in varied time spans, but was quicker when the wounds were cleaned often. The detailed study showed that diabetic foot ulcers took approximately three weeks to heal when cleaned once a week and approximately eleven weeks when cleaned every fortnight. Similarly, wounds caused by trauma healed in two weeks when cleaned often as against the seven weeks healing time taken by wounds that weren’t cleaned frequently.
Why regular cleaning works
Wounds are prone to infection caused by germs, dirt and foreign particles that may be present at the wound site. If a wound is not cleaned properly, at regular intervals, colonies of bacteria grow over the wound, hindering the healing process. According to Dr Robert Kirsner from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, regular debridement restricted the growth of bacterial colonies thus quickening the healing process. Regular cleaning was also needed to ensure that no dirt or dust particles contaminated the wound. Kirsner also mentioned that it was crucial to have wounds, which took long to heal, evaluated regularly to ensure that there were no further complications.