No doubt that diabetic wounds are difficult to manage and result in high costs in dressing changes. Based on the concept of moist wound healing, wound care progress and dressing aspects in wound care, this study was created.
This study was designed to evaluate the effects of Chitosan and Zinc Oxide ointment on the diabetic wound healing process and on lowering the total cost of dressings for these wounds. A total of 150 diabetic wounds were studied since 2013. Patient criteria included (1) Chronic wound more than two weeks old; (2) patient aged among 35 – 55 years old; (3) Wound large more than 5cm; and (4) Blood sugar controlled. Wound management consisted of using TIME concept and wound healing progress evaluation: Bates Jansen scale criteria.
80% of diabetic wounds were healed in less than three months and the total cost of dressing changes was reduced.
The benefits of topical dressings containing chitosan and zinc oxide can promote wound healing process with a LOW TOTAL COST in dressing changes.