The pain of wounds
Pain related to wound care has long been known and studied. Treatments feared by professionals and patients alike, these treatments, which are nevertheless necessary, have very bad press.
Why is treating a pressure sore or ulcer painful?The pain associated with the bedsore can come from the bedsore itself or can occur during care, we then speak of iatrogenic pain. These treatments are painful when changing the dressing:
- Cleaning the wound : the professionals carry out a cleaning of the wound, which even if it is carried out according to the rules of the art with physiological serum is painful. Taking an analgesic before the treatment is therefore recommended or the application of a local anesthetic before the treatment.
The dressings themselves cause pain :
- Dressings that stick to the skin cause pain when peeling off .
- The frequency of dressing renewal should be optimized so that the pain associated with dressing repair does not reoccur too often.
- Changes in position during care also induce pain.