When we get injured, we tend to dress our wounds. When serious injuries occur, we have wounds dressed in hospitals and by doctors and nurses, who use professional equipment developed over decades to help our wounds heal and our skin return to normal. In this guide, we'll explain how your wounds are healed by these dressings and how they've been produced by science and businesses to avoid infections and to get open wounds on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
But first, why do we dress wounds in the first place? Open wounds, which are defined as a break in the skin, reveal the cells of your body beneath them. It's easy for outside agents - whether that's dust, grit and dirt or germs and pathogens - to enter these cells, where your skin is a protective layer over the top of them. So we dress wounds to keep these outside agents out.
We're keeping them out in the case of grit and dirt because they provide a physical and painful barrier to the healing process. And in terms of germs and pathogens, we want them to stay far away from our wounds because they can cause infections that, in the worst cases, can lead to serious ill-health and even amputation. Finally, dressing a wound is important for creating a stable and controlled atmosphere for your skin to naturally knit back together.
There's been a long history of dressing production over many centuries. Even doctors hundreds of years ago recognized that it was painful for open wounds to be submitted to the open air and to water or other outside agents, so they wrapped wounds in cloth. In the modern-day, we have several impressive, medical-grade dressings innovated and researched by specialist companies that do the job far better than a simple piece of cloth.
The wound dressing manufacturing process is complex in today's world, but it's a crucial part of the medical industry. Different dressings are produced for different wounds, with some needing perfect, air-tight coverage while others are made to be flexible for use on joints and other bendy bits of our bodies. These are produced in bulk before being cut down to size for shipping to medical centers and facilities.
As well as keeping out external agents from your break in the skin wound dressings in the modern era have been designed to foster the best possible atmosphere in which your wound will heal. However, as you may have noticed on your own open wounds in the past, this can take a number of days, as your blood cells quickly set to work in eliminating any bacteria and stimulating new skin growth over the affected area.
These agents of healing tend to work best in a warm, moist and controlled area, which is built by the dressings you place over your wounds. We've found this out through years of medical research and an element of historical trial and error. That's the best cure for an open wound.
There you have it: the process and logic behind the wound dressings we use in today's society.