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Sep 14, 2017 in Medicine
Burns are severe to moderate conditions where the skin is damaged as well as peels depending on the intensity of the burn. Following the situations from burns, medical methods of treating the burns into healing are the best and most effective forms of intervention. Medical treatments of burns are diverse depending on the nature and severity of the burns. However, a medical intervention through bath water or rather intense hydro therapy can be used to effectively heal patients from burns. Burn units must have a hydrotherapy room for patients who prefer baths to undergo their treatment and healing process as a whole (MacDonald, 1987).
A research on the effectiveness of hydrotherapy in cases of burns regardless of whether the burns are on the whole body or a specific part was carried out. The burn unit contained a hydrotherapy unit and their aim for the research was to establish how effective the desired intervention is to burns. Bath showers and tubs are used during the whole process with a team of professionals carrying out the care for the patients. Following Stacy's book on critical care nursing, the issues of pain management are deeply discussed s as to give nurses a glimpse of how to take care of pain based patients such as those suffering from wounds. Stacy elaborates the need and methodology to use while caring for such a special group of patients in compliance with the ethics in nursing especially due to the fact that burn patients must be stripped of their clothes to attend to the affected areas (Urden et al, 2010).
With the team of nurses and other care professionals, the method used in hydrotherapy involves dipping the patient in a tub full of sterilized water and cleaning the patient begins. The water is able to heal and remove dead skin as well as pus from the burns without any pain. The water must be warm to suit the comfort of the patient as well as the severity of the burns. The patient is thereafter taken to a different room for a bath after treatment in the tub. The process begins from the third day after the patient gets burned so as to prepare them for the therapy. For safety and to avoid contamination, the tubs are made of stainless steel and the whole process takes about thirty minutes for ten to twenty days.
Stacy's book on critical nursing gives details on the current advances in caring for patients with pressing and major pain problems. Nurses have the skills and knowhow to professionally take care of a burn patient who might be in a critical condition. Hydrotherapy must therefore be conducted by a team of well trained nurses in that special field where bathing the patients is mandatory. The findings of the research were rather impressive despite some shortcomings. The research on hydrotherapy took place within two years where about two hundred burn patients underwent the procedures of hydrotherapy. The research had a high number of female patients as opposed to male patients. A majority number of the patients had moderate burns while another significant few had severe burns all over their bodies. Most patients survived the burns and got healed while about ten percent died as the hydrotherapy did not work for them. The surviving patients from the bath therapy were many hence the credibility of the intervention (Killough, 1977).
In conclusion, the research on hydrotherapy was rather crucial in proving the healing results as an intervention option for burns. The research gave a discussion on the benefits of employing this intervention which include enhancing tissue formation on the burnt surface, comfort of the patient is guaranteed during the procedure as well as improving physical therapy and killing microorganisms by draining pus from the affected areas. The most new detail on the intervention is that it offers psychological uplift to the patient hence healing them from the shock. Nurses must use this information so that they may learn new and effective ways to take care of burn patients using hydrotherapy intervention. Hydrotherapy since the research became a popular intervention for burn patients in the Unites States.