Test to help heal wounds

WoundChek is a new way of establishing the health of a wound in a person with diabetes. If you have a slow-healing wound, you can now ask your clinician to use it. The test identifies in just 15 minutes whether elevated protease activity exists in chronic, long lasting wounds.  A protease is an enzyme that breaks down proteins and peptides. Raised levels can slow down healing and cause infection.

Until now wound care diagnosis has been the result of a clinicians experience to decide how to treat. Diabetic foot ulcers are a particular problem associated with diabetes.  In 2007, leading wound care experts agreed that a diagnostic test was needed to help effective patient assessment. They identified that elevated levels of proteases were associated with stalled wound healing, as one of the markers to test for, hence the development of WoundChek by wound care specialists Systagenix.

There are advanced therapies designed to reduce levels of protease activity, but they are often only used as a last resort after the patient has been suffering from a slow healing wound. WoundChek will save time so that the right treatment can be given at the outset. http://www.systagenix.co.uk/lets-heal/lets-test

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