A chronic wound means for the patients, in addition to the physical complaints, a reduction of their quality of life. From the patient's perspective, pain, mobility restrictions, and exposure to unpleasant odors and wound exudate are the most frequent and most serious wound- and therapy-induced limitations.
In particular, heavy amounts of exudate, lead to several restrictions like the limitations of clothing options and the loss of social life. Which increases mental stress and requires urgent interventions through appropriate nursing and medical measures. The cause of increasing exudation is either a reaction to a critical germ colonisation, a wound infection, but mostly the result of problems with venous and lymphatic drainage.
This is caused by missing or faulty decongestive measures (compression) and the incorrect selection of a suitable wound covering that prevents the exudate to leak, even under compression.
The lecture by Carsten Hampel-Kalthoff shows that the use of superabsorbers, a compression therapy adapted to the vascular situation and the education of the patients to activate their muscle vein pumps can ensure successful exudate management. Therefore as a result, the quality of life of the patients can be significantly improved.