Accidents happen– it’s just a part of life. If you find yourself with an injury requiring the attention of a healthcare provider, consider these in-home wound care services that can be administered at home.
NOTE: Let’s start this article off with a proper word of advice. If for any reason whatsoever you feel like you’re in a life-threatening situation, skip the in-home wound care services and call 911. Or, go to the nearest emergency room.
It is more common than you think to take a nasty fall. Whether it’s slipping in the driveway, falling off a ladder, or tripping over a misplaced object, a fall can be a serious injury. When we do fall, it can be difficult to control the points of impact as instinct takes over. This can result in vicious sprains, painful bruises, fractures, dislocations, and even scrapes and cuts.
If you’ve taken a nasty fall, the last thing you want to do is risk hobbling out to the car. And, you should not be driving yourself anywhere. If you are the victim of a fall that results in a wound, a more cogent option is in-home wound care.
2. Nasty Cuts
Whether they occur during food preparation, working in the garage or yard, or from broken glass, don’t underestimate how serious a cut can be. Often the cause of heavy bleeding with a risk of infection, if a nasty cust isn’t treated properly it can escalate into a more serious health risk.
So how do you know if a cut needs stitches? The basic rule of thumb is “if you think it does, it’s probably safe to get it checked out”. But, here are some other things to consider. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is this cut deeper than about a quarter-inch?
- Is it still bleeding even when I apply pressure?
- Do I see fatty tissue (it will be a white color)?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should consider getting stitches. And, the easiest, cleanest method is through in-home wound care.
When you have a wound that needs stitches, you need to get them as soon as you’re able. For many cuts, the outer edges will begin the process of healing, and as a result, will curl.
By the time you get to an ER, are admitted, and are taken care of, there’s a high risk that– due to the healing and skin curling– the ER personnel will have to slice fresh, new edges into your existing wound. In more extreme circumstances, some ERs will refuse to close the wound at all.
When you use in-home wound care, the result is a much quicker, concierge service where we come to you as quickly as possible.
Another benefit (though it may seem gross to mention) is that if you get in-home wound care, you can manage your blood flow in the tub or sing, and you won’t have to bleed all over your vehicle while you travel.
Another common injury that should be taken seriously is a burn. Most often occurring in the kitchen during cooking, burns can also occur as a result of tending to a fire or even accidental exposure to chemicals.
Aside from being very painful, even a small burn can be the cause of skin discoloration and scarring in a location.
By using in-home wound care on your burn, you are safeguarding against infection. Infections can be even more painful than the original burn, and in rare cases can cause blood poisoning.
Don’t risk the odds, and be sure to have your burn taken care of using in-home wound care.
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