At any given time approximately 400,000 Australians suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. Wounds of this nature can last for many months or years and have a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life.
Low frequency ultrasonic debridement is helping relieve the pain and discomfort of many Australians suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds.
This specialised technology is relatively new and is used to assist in the healing of troublesome wounds by providing a method of removing unhealthy tissue, reducing bacteria and accelerating healing.
Silver Chain Executive General Manager, Health, Michelle Noort, said thanks to the support of generous donors, Silver Chain has been able to invest in this expensive technology and now the organisation is looking to expand the service.
“We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our clients, who have seen remarkable improvements in their wound healing, mobility, pain and overall quality of life since receiving low frequency ultrasonic debridement treatment,” Michelle explained.
“We have become leaders in the field of wound care thanks to the provision of this technology and we want to continue this good work and ensure that even more Australians have access to this ground-breaking treatment.”
Living with a chronic wound can mean constant pain and discomfort. By investing in a new form of wound treatment technology, Silver Chain could one day help you, your family or friends.
How the service changed Bernie's life...
Bernie* (87 years old) was on holiday when he noticed a small mark where he had knocked his leg. He'd had ulcers in the past which were very painful and didn’t want this to become another one. Bernie visited the local GP and was prescribed antibiotics, but the wound did not improve.
Despite visiting other doctors and specialists on his return home, other forms of treatment did not help either. The wound continued to get larger and Bernie's level of pain increased. He even went into hospital for two weeks of treatment before he was referred to Silver Chain.
Bernie started to receive treatment at home but by then he was in agony and couldn’t sleep at night. He began visiting our wound clinic for low frequency ultrasonic debridement treatment. The wound healed within three months.
He now wears compression stockings but is in no pain, his quality of life has returned and he no longer needs to travel to the clinic for treatment.
Bernie was impressed with the service as he was very distressed by the time he was referred to Silver Chain, having suffered for six months. The nurses not only helped treat his wound, they put a smile on his face and made him feel confident that the wound would heal.