A pioneering new medical treatment is available that harnesses the power of minute electric currents to deliver a breakthrough treatment for thousands of sufferers of non-healing wounds including leg, foot and pressure ulcers.
Non-healing wounds are extremely commonplace and it is estimated that over half a million people in the UK suffer from leg, foot and pressure ulcers which are categorised as non-healing. As well as being extremely painful, non-healing wounds can lead to further medical complications and in severe cases, can ultimately result in limb amputation.
The new treatment, which has been in development for seven years, involves the use of a medical wound dressing that produces small bio-electric currents around the site of a wound which mimics naturally occurring bio-electric currents. These currents have a vital role in wound healing and, if the right amount of electrical influence is delivered to the wound, it is possible to “kick start” the normal healing process. The product has undergone extensive testing and development and is sold under the POSiFECT® brand name.
For over thirty years scientists have been aware that cells, the basic building blocks of all living things, communicate with each other and are regulated by minute electric currents known as “bio-currents”. It has been found that in some long-standing, non-healing wounds these normal electric currents are either absent or very weak. The new medical dressing features a micro-current delivery system which continuously and automatically adjusts the micro-current to levels clinically shown to initiate the wound healing process.
Managing non-healing leg ulcers and pressure ulcers alone costs the National Health Service in excess of £2 billion every year, and non-healing wounds cause pain and suffering for thousands of people. This represents about 4% of the entire NHS annual budget.
The new treatment will see patients use POSiFECT® in a seven week treatment regime, where they use the dressing for three weeks, changing the dressing every two to three days, before having a week not using the dressing. The process is then repeated for another three weeks. The treatment is painless and easy to use.
One woman who has already benefited from Posifect is 72 year old Marlene Jones from Basingstoke, Hampshire. She had a venous ulcer for ten months which despite extensive hospital treatment had persistently failed to heal. The ulcer was also causing her severe pain, which resulted in her having to take powerful painkillers on a daily basis.
She agreed to participate in an assessment of the POSiFECT® product and since receiving the treatment she has seen her ulcer halve in size in just a few weeks and the pain has reduced so much, she no longer has to take painkillers.
According to Marlene, “Every week I have the treatment I can see the ulcer reducing and it is now a fraction of its original size. The POSiFECT® dressing has also reduced my pain levels to such a point that I no longer need to take painkillers. I’m amazed by this treatment and I hope that more people who suffer from wounds such as mine will be able to benefit from it.”