There are a countless number of people from around the globe who are suffering from their bouts with chronic wounds due to diabetes or a handful of other underlying causes. But it is a relief to know that there is this emerging micro water jet technology and a very promising one that will have a significant role in enhancing treatment and healing. The water pressure necessary will be provided for by a powerful flat motor.
When it comes to sterilizing and cleaning up an open wound, many of us think that a medical professional’s first choice for this would be the use of sterile fluid. But there are also many other methods that doctors and surgeons have used in the past for this.
For instance, they would resort to cutting away dead tissue with the use of a scalpel, and then, later on, dress up the wound with absorptive tissues. There are even instances that they would resort to the use of the larvae of the flies. Each method they used though would come with their own set of banes and boons.
Like for example with the use of the scalpel method, the use of which runs the risk of cutting away either too little or too much.
In the past decades, medical engineers successfully developed new groundbreaking methods that will help in thorough and efficient cleaning of open wounds, which also includes the part where there is a need to take away dead tissue.
The technical term for this process of cleansing of an open wound in the medical community is “debridement” and the underlying technology used here is also the same as one used in the waterjet machine.
The Pressure Washer and Its Functional Principle
An innovative approach to cleaning and sterilizing wounds is currently in the works and is taking advantage of the technology used behind water jet machines. High pressure is necessary to help in directing the sterile fluid at the wound via a nozzle, which is generated by a pump.
The working principle used here is very much comparable to that of a pressure washer that many people use when they try to remove moss and algae from their garden flagstones. A Swiss company is using this metaphor to help illustrate how its product offering, which they call Debritom, works.
The system has been out in the market since 2018, and in no time it will become ubiquitous equipment that you will see in the majority of outpatient wound care facilities. It is also bound to have its presence felt in major hospitals around the globe.
Recommencing the Healing Process
Debritom+ and other similar wound cleansing systems are primarily designed for the benefit of patients who are struggling either with slow-healing or chronic wounds. Most of the time, these wounds are detrimental to the quality of life of the patient, and sometimes would even necessitate regular therapy.
When the healing process needs a relaunching, it should be commenced by performing first a thorough and careful cleaning of the wound in question.
The micro water jet machine technology allows for precise and clean removal of highly damaged or badly infected tissues. Simultaneous to this, a focused water jet could induce micro-bleeding. When this happens, it will be advantageous in the sense that it will help improve the outcome of the debridement process.
A recent study validates this where 90 patients were given micro water jet technology treatment for 3 years. In comparison to other treatment methods, the research showed that the time frame it took for their wounds to heal was substantially reduced to about 30%.
This goes to show that waterjet technology will help an awful lot in relieving patients and medical professionals alike in handling and giving proper care for open and chronic wounds, accelerating their healing phase.