The bactericidal ultraviolet "C" (UV-C) treatment program is an adjunctive therapy for reducing and eliminating bacterial bio-burden that can impede wound healing. This method of treatment is consistent with wound care best-practice guidelines. It is an important and cost-effective modality for clearing a wound of surface infection. Unlike topical antiseptics that can inhibit wound healing, the effects of the germicidal UV lamp are all positive.
You don't need to choose a compromise between wound healing response and infection control. The Thera-Wand provides a mild positive stimulation effect while its germicidal properties work to disrupt and eliminate the infection.
Use the Thera-WandTM for:
Infected Wounds with Poor Circulation
UV-C radiation at therapeutic levels is an important adjunct to antibiotic medications. Systemic antibiotics often do not reach the infected wound tissues because of poor circulation at the wound site. The antibacterial characteristic of the UV-C wand makes it effective in treating chronic wounds. UV-C therapy can be given concurrently with systemic antibiotics.
Even where sensitivity testing has shown resistance of the colonizing species to specific antibiotics, the germicidal UV lamp can efficiently kill these strains of bacteria. In particular, UV-C is effective in eliminating all species of drug-resistant infection including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), New Delhi metallo Escherichia coli (NDM-1 producing) and lactamase-producing Pseudomonas aeuginosa (HDM-1). Superbugs, including MRSA are becoming increasingly prevalent, and interfere with wound healing.
First Line Therapy
For combating developing infections and associated skin problems.
Replacement for Topical Antimicrobials
Topical antiseptic agents have been shown to be toxic to granulating tissue and are not recommended by most wound-care committees. UV-C radiation therapy clears infections. Its actinic photochemical effect provides a mild inflammatory response and stimulation reaction to help increase local blood flow and accelerate wound healing.
More Features of UV-C Wound Healing Therapy
At higher exposure levels, UV-C provides a soft debridement to help disintegrate eschar that can inhibit wound closure.
The Thera-Wand is the ideal unit for applying UV-C radiation. It is supplied as a single wand unit, type V-254, with an ON-OFF switch and 2 m (6.5 ft.) power cord. UV-C radiation is not associated with skin cancer.
The hand-held Thera-WandTM is essentially very easy and straightforward to use. Direct the lamp onto the infected area, and it completely eradicates all bacteria on the irradiated wound, while mildly stimulating the granulation tissue.
In a nursing home, hospital or home care setting, Thera-Wand is normally used by a registered nurse (RN) or physiotherapist on orders from a wound specialist, physician or physiotherapist.
You will want to understand the treatment more thoroughly to administer the optimal dose while using the lamp safely.
We recommend the following operator training: (1) Training in wound care and (2) Completion of the supplied self-training program.
For UV-C therapy, why choose Thera-Wand?
The biological effect of germicidal ultraviolet radiation and the treatment parameters for wound healing are well understood. The Thera-Wand can be used where basic methods have been ineffective. Recently published clinical studies have documented the bactericidal and wound healing effectiveness of UV-C radiation therapy.
™Thera-Wand is a trademark of BIOMATION
Thera-Wand Model C-100 is a replacementfor the Derma-Wand UV-C lamp which is discontinued.
The Thera-Wand is well suited to the objectives of the High Intensity Needs Program (pdf) in Ontario.