As causes and types of wounds varied, traditional wound care myths including keeping wounds dry, and applying oil emulsion dressings might bring more harm than good. Responding to the growing demands of wound care services, CMUH developed a new independent unit, Department of Wound Medicine (DWM) which aimed to provide patients with high-quality wound management experience by utilizing innovative multi-pronged approach to wound care.
Personalized multi-pronged wound care improves wound healing results
“The goal of our team is to improve life quality of patients by using innovative multi-pronged wound care approach.” Dr. Tzong Shiun Li from DWM explained, chronic wound management was deemed thankless task and was commonly neglected in the past. Some patients might waste time in transferring between hospitals in order to seek appropriate treatment but missed out the best timing for wound management. But as the population ageing and the environment changing, the treatment of chronic wounds and wound infection became challenging, which emphasized the value of multi-pronged wound care approach.
In the recent years, new techniques and dressings in wound management have been developed internationally. And CMUH-DWM was one of the few Taiwanese organizations which kept pace with global trends and introduced the new techniques. “We are now focusing on the complex wound treatments including postoperative wounds which are hard to heal, diabetic feet, deep soft tissue infections, vascular ulcers, abscesses, traumatic wounds, necrotizing fasciitis, osteomyelitis, and chronic wounds lead by rheumatic autoimmune disease.” Dr. Tzong Shiun Li said.
Patients benefit from innovative dressing with supplementary treatment
The features of DWM wound care management are adopting up-to-dated wound care techniques including antibiotics with better tissue penetration and fewer complications, minimally invasive surgeries, appropriate nutritional supplements, advanced dressings, hydrotherapy, negative pressure wound therapy and physiotherapy, and applying personalizes multi-pronged treatment on an individual basis. The treatment results in improved wound healing response with higher patient’s confidence. And the positive patient engagement helps to further dispel the traditional misconceptions about wound care.
With the changes in eating habits, more and more people are suffering from civilization diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and are at high risks of developing chronic wounds. DWM wound care management devotes to not only accelerating wound healing process with minimizing complications, but also providing holistic health care by uncovering hidden diseases. DWM welcomes like-minded people to join the team and to help patients in need.
China Medical University Hospital /Department of Wound Medicine /
Tzong Shiun Li MD