Best and effective practices of wound care and healing among patients with Diabetes Mellitus
Jefferson Garcia Guerrero*
Fakeeh College for Medical Sciences, Saudi Arabia
*Address for Correspondence: Jefferson Garcia Guerrero, Ph.D. NS, DNS, RN, Fakeeh College for Medical Sciences, Saudi Arabia, Tel: +966570302970; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Dates: Submitted: 01 December 2018; Approved: 18 December 2018; Published: 19 December 2018
How to cite this article: Guerrero JG. Best and effective practices of wound care and healing among patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Clin J Nurs Care Pract. 2018; 2: 025-031. DOI: 10.29328/journal.cjncp.1001009
Copyright License: © 2018 Guerrero JG. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Systematic review; Diabetes mellitus; Wound care and practices; Wound healing
Aim: With the continuing trend in the incidence of diabetic ulcer, the current researches on wound care and healing will bring best and effective practices on wound care and healing among patients suffering from diabetes mellitus.
Methods: This study utilized a systematic review of literatures in light of wound care through Pub Med database with the key words “Diabetes Mellitus,” “wound practices,” “wound healing,” and “systematic review.” The searched literatures were of case reports, interventional studies, and review papers whose main texts were in English.
Results: There were 7,988 published articles yielded from the keywords used and 16 were included in this study. The practiced management and techniques in these literatures focused on comfortable and cost efficient means of wound care and healing with the involvement of group participation than individual plan of care.
Conclusions: There are meager evidences of feasible wound and healing options that needs further studies in resolving wound issues among patients with Diabetes Mellitus. This systematic review establishes the insufficiency of high level of evidence based studies on wound healing in DM patients and brings a track for continuity of rigid studies concerning this topic.
Wounds are commonly categorized as chronic or acute and could rise from any traumatic damage or through a collapse of an unharmed skin . Healthy people have strong skin that is resistant and with a significant ability for healing but skin can be exposed to outer and inner harm brought about by older age and changed in physiology . This can be intrinsic or extrinsic in nature. In people suffering from diabetes, healing of lesions is slow but progresses faster. It is therefore essential to understand diabetes and proper wound care for a better life and longevity. The incidence of diabetes is escalating faster in the countries of middle and low revenues and in 2014; a global data of 8.5% came from people aging 18 years old and above . But the occurrence of diabetic foot ulcers is within 4% and 10% with 1:4 threat of having diabetic foot ulcer in their life .
Although minor injuries like burns, abrasions and lesions are normal accidents; these can bring severe medical concerns to people with diabetes . Local infection can extend fast to the internal parts of the body and can be fatal. Studies suggests that curing of wounds is affected by: weakening in producing hormones related with development and therapy, decreasing in producing and repairing of new blood vessels, weakening of skin protection, and decreasing in the production of collagen . There are recent studies that can help in bringing effective management of wound care among patients with diabetes. These are helpful practices that can save limbs for amputation.
This review is an investigation on the efficacy of different practices of healthcare professionals in the conduct of wound care and healing among patients suffering from diabetes. It has unveiled comfortable management of diabetic wounds as well as hopes to patients with DM to salvage their limbs. It is with the same reason why the author conducted this review. Results stated different practices and effects and there is a solid reason for more evidence-based studies that will heighten the rate of wound healing and introduce patients with DM easy to carry out wound care and practices.
This study commenced to explore the different practices in wound care for patients with diabetes using systematic review of published evidence-based studies on wound management in diabetes.
The researcher used systematic review to unveil different practices on wound care and healing among patients with diabetes mellitus. Pub Med database was searched for illegible literatures through keywords “Diabetes Mellitus,” “wound practices,” “wound healing,” and “systematic review.” It was piloted on November 1, 2018 and focused the search on case reports, interventional studies, and review papers written in English language. The focus of the search is practices and wound care that would lead to wound healing. Yielded published articles were systematically evaluated based on the country of the author, year the article is published, site of the study, method and design of the study, management team, and the results. Prior synthesis, data is extracted via two reviewers and reviewed for accuracy by another reviewer. Inconsistencies are being identified for illegibility and consensus while recognizing ineligibles based on the criteria.
With the use of keywords yielded 7,988 published articles on wound management among patients with DM but only 16 fulfilled the criteria set in this study for review. Relevant data is summarized in table 1.
Country of the and year of publication
The selected studies were authored by researchers from Finland (2), Netherlands (2), Korea (2), USA (2), Italy (1), Norway (1), Iran (1), India (1), India (1), Brazil (1), Canada (1), Turkey (1), and Taiwan (1). These are written in English and were published from 2017-2018. Therefore, the papers used for review were recent and current as these are being published in a year time.
Only four of the 16 studies are of small sample (8, 10, 15, 20, and 20 cases). Most of the selected studies were of large sample (25, 30, 38, 40, 65, 100, 120, 130, 165, 167, and 274 cases correspondingly) resulting to a mean of 105 cases (SD: 77 cases). The kinds of wounds were specified in all cases and the leading type was diabetic foot ulcer.
Five (5) studies used randomized control trials (TRCs). Others were combination of designs like: two (2) utilized retrospective study where one is a single centered while the other one is a cross-over; three (3) are prospective studies where one is randomized, blinded, multicenter, and parallel study, the second is prospective, case-cohort study, and a Pilot study, and the third is prospective, randomized, controlled, multi-center clinical study. One (1) study used 7 randomized controlled trials and 1 nonrandomized controlled trial. Others studies are: one (1) single-arm clinical trial; one (1) phase III multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial; one (1) DAMO2CLES multicenter randomized clinical trial; one (1) cluster-randomized controlled non-inferiority trial; and one (1) Non-blinded, consecutive series, randomized clinical trial.
Included studies were mostly composed of nurses and doctors. One had collaboration with experts, end users, and applicants. Two of the studies did not identify the composition of the healthcare team while another two studies included surgeons.
Selected studies utilized both intervention and control groups where the control groups are given standard wound care following evaluation and rigid assessment. Some studies incorporate exercises while other studies add follow up care. The intervention groups are also given standard wound care and additional management that includes HBOT, TCOT device, natural latex associated with the LED circuit, low-level laser therapy, PRP treatment, salt-based spray, Telemedicine follow up, cord platelet gel application, Human Reticular Acellular Dermal Matrix, and acellular reticular allogenic human dermis. The identified interventions are of usual units of weeks.
Primary outcomes are of diverse occurrence like infection and arterial occlusion, wound closure, bilateral shoes bringing better comfort, good wound results in both groups, difference in the ulcer areas in the two groups, mixed results on standard of care in rates of amputation while there is impact on standard care and HBOT and no difference on the adverse events on both, significant decrease in ROS formation, absolute and relative wound size reduction at 2 weeks compared to the baseline parameter, significant decrease of the area of wound, comparable results between placebo groups and the rhGF groups, limb salvage and wound healing, faster healing time, ulcer area reduction, 12 out of 20 were eligible for crossover treatment, and healing proportion of wounds in 6 weeks. All these are suggestive of wound healing and limb improvement as to appearance and function.
With the aim of the study to bring out evidence-based practice on wound care and healing, systematic review was undertaken. The key words “Diabetes Mellitus,” “wound practices,” “wound healing,” and “systematic review” yielded articles focused on the comfort and efficiency of patients with the identified and utilized practices on wound care and healing. The researchers explored case reports, interventional studies, and review papers written in the English language. Extracted data includes name and country of the author, year the article is published, site of the study, method and design of the study, management team, and the results.
The studies were reviewed by two reviewers and the third reviewer checked and identified inconsistencies based on the set criteria. Therefore, the search was carried out systematically well. The setting of the studies selected for review is of diverse origin. Two studies came from Finland, Netherlands, Korea, and USA respectively while one study came from the countries; Italy, Norway, Iran, India, India, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, and Taiwan. These are published from 2017-2018. This means that the yielded practices are of the most recent origin and might be already in practice to most health setting to combat and improve outcomes of debilitating wounds. With the evolution of research in the medical arena today, evolution of treatment will come next. As diabetes is the medical condition, wound healing becomes a problem. Wound types among the selected literatures are of diabetic ulcer. The study consists of large sample with a mean of 105 cases (SD: 77). This suggests validity and reliability. There are 5 studies of randomized control trials while other studies mixed their designs. There are 2 retrospective studies where one is single centered while the other is a cross-over.
There are 3 prospective studies; first, a randomized, blinded, multicenter, and parallel study, the second is prospective, case-cohort study, and a Pilot study, and the third is prospective, randomized, controlled, multi-center clinical study. One of the selected study utilized 7 randomized controlled trials and 1 nonrandomized controlled trial. Other methods and designs used: single-arm clinical trial; phase III multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial; DAMO2CLES multicenter randomized clinical trial; cluster-randomized controlled non-inferiority trial; and non-blinded, consecutive series, randomized clinical trial. The dates of publication considered for inclusion are from studies published from 2017-2018. This means that the current and newest practices on wound care and healing are collated for review and these were based from the past practices that gained the reputation of healing and care. Most of the studies are published in journals.
In the study, the compositions of the teams who carried out the intervention are mostly doctors and nurses. One study collaborated with experts, end users, and applicants while two of the studies did not pinpoint the composition of the team while another two studies included surgeons. Regarding identified management, there is an intervention group and the control group where the former use additional treatment regime after the standard wound assessment and care while the later receives the conventional or traditional standard care and assessment alone.
The said intervention group received HBOT, TCOT device, natural latex associated with the LED circuit, low-level laser therapy, PRP treatment, salt-based spray, Telemedicine follow up, cord platelet gel application, Human Reticular Acellular Dermal Matrix, and acellular reticular allogenic human dermis simultaneously. This brought relative results to wound healing. It also heightened healthcare practice to a more evolved level of comfort and healing. Also, the identified regimen is of faster time treatment with the usual unit, weeks. Although the identified practices are of varieties, these are of the same results.
It brought comfort and it brought healing faster than the traditional care and assessment alone. The data suggests the same dilemma of patients in different places with regards to wound/ulcer healing. One researcher is as engaged as the other to promote skin integrity and wound healing.
And since the studies are of recent evidences and breakthroughs, wound healing is empowered to bring patients with diabetes better physicality and grip of hope against diabetic ulcer. Therefore, as per data suggests there is relative reduction of wound size.
Engaging inspiration from those who helped in this review and the great minds in the medical research that never stop to give light on better management.
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