Treating Non-Healing Wounds

Non-healing wounds are exactly what their name implies – wounds that, despite traditional treatments, refuse to scab over and heal.

In a healthy body, when a cut or sore occurs, a set of triggers go off that begin to address the injury. Blood flow is increased to the area, bringing with it white blood cells to fight infection, platelets to help clotting, phagocytes to kill of dangerous bacteria, and oxygen and other materials to begin the scar and new skin growth.

Patients who suffer from non-healing wounds commonly do not have a perfectly healthy body to handle this process. Patients who have infections, are undergoing cancer treatment, have circulatory issues, or are on certain drugs often develop non-healing wounds since their body is already compromised and cannot respond as it should. Older patients may also see this issue due to their age and side effects from limited mobility, like bed sores.

Non-healing wounds are not simply a nuisance; they can be quite dangerous if left untreated. The open areas are ripe areas for infections to begin, and so patients dealing with non-healing wounds need to seek treatment immediately.

The good news is that companies like Spectrum make gaining access to the tools for treating non-healing wounds easy. Spectrum can ship pumps for negative pressure wound therapy — also known as wound suction — right to a patient’s home.

With negative pressure wound therapy, the wound is bandaged with a special dressing, which is then attached to a negative-pressure pump. Once turned on, the pump applies light suction which creates a vacuum around the wound and pulls excess fluids from the area. This creates the optimum environment for the body to make an attempt at healing.

Spectrum’s pump of choice for non-healing wounds is the Kalypto Medical NPD 1000, a convenient, portable device that includes the actual pump, a battery-operated controller, and bandages of various shapes and sizes for the best fit. The device can be set to continually apply pressure based on your doctor’s recommendation, or can be switched to intermittent mode to alternate between applied pressure and normal atmospheric pressure. This device is easy enough to use on your own in the comfort of your own home.

Spectrum goes beyond providing your pump; we deliver it personally and help you set it up for your first use. Our technicians can answer any question you can and make sure you are comfortable with the device before they leave.

What’s more, most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the use of pumps for non-healing wound treatment, meaning you can begin therapy at little or no cost to you. For more information, reach out to one of our knowledgeable customer service associates today.