Daytime Wounds "Heal More Quickly"
At Bluebird Care we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality home and live in care services. To ensure we consistently meet our high standards, we feel it is important to keep up to date with the latest health care news. Our Supervisor at Bluebird Care Essex West found the news piece “Daytime wounds heal more quickly” particularly interesting. If you wish to find out more about this topic “click read more”.Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark, a study suggests.
It found burns sustained at night took an average of 28 days to heal, but just 17 for those that happened in daytime.
The team, at the UK's MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said they were astounded by the difference they saw in 118 burns patients they studied.
The effect was explained by the way body clock ticks inside nearly every human cell across a 24-hour cycle.
The research, published in Science Translational Medicine, examined 118 patients at NHS burns units.
It showed the average 11-day difference in healing times between people hurt at night and during the day.
Detailed lab work showed skin cells called fibroblasts were changing their abilities in a 24-hour pattern.
Fibroblasts are the body's first responders, rushing to the site of injury to close a wound.
During the day they are primed to react, but they lose this ability at night.
Dr John O'Neill, one of the researchers, told the BBC: "It is like the 100m. The sprinter down on the blocks, poised and ready to go, is always going to beat the guy going from a standing start."
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Some drugs, such as the steroid cortisol, can reset an individual cell's body clock and may be helpful in night-time procedures.
And everybody's body clock runs to a slightly different pattern or "chronotype".
So, it might make sense to schedule operations to keep in time with the patients' 24-hour "circadian rhythms".
Both ideas are still untested, though.
Dr John Blaikley, a clinician scientist at the University of Manchester, said: "Treatment of wounds costs the NHS around £5bn, which is partly due to a lack of effective therapies targeting wound closure.
"By taking these [circadian factors] into account, not only could novel drug targets be identified, but also the effectiveness of established therapies might be increased through changing what time of day they are given.
Michelle Westacott, Bluebird Care Essex West Supervisor“I found this news post particularly interesting as it is often our customers wound themselves accidentally. The new research will allow our care assistants to reassure our customers if they are worried about a wound taking longer to heal. This news post will be available to all our care assistants over the next week, so that they too can understand the impact of customers wounding themselves at night.”