Case studies help show patients just what goes into most wound care regimens.

Case studies are not only great opportunities to see just what goes into the wound healing process, but they also value the importance of seeking out medical care and maintaining compliance. Here are a few case studies worth looking into:

Case Study No. 1

(Courtesy of Healogics)

Mid-50s – Female
History of peripheral vascular disease

In addition to a long history of PVD, the patient, who underwent an above-the-knee amputation some years ago, had also recently been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. She was admitted to the clinic with a six-month-old wound, which occurred after a fall in her home. A lack of healing was due in part to the patient’s reduced mobility, causing her to stay in bed for days at a time. Several clots were also removed from arteries in her leg just a month after the falling incident. For past wounds, the patient was treated with Silvadene and antibiotic therapy. The clinic doctors ordered a similar regimen and the patient was sent home for a series of follow-up visits and observation.

Case Study No. 2

(Courtesy of Valley Wound Healing Center)

68 years old – Female
History of peripheral neuropathy and Type II diabetes

A few weeks prior to visiting the wound care clinic, the patient underwent a below-the-knee amputation of her right leg following severe gangrene. Several efforts had been made to save the leg, including stents to drain exudate and revascularization. However, the tissue in the leg had become necrotic. At the clinic, the patient underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy, where she underwent a couple dozen sessions at 90 minutes each. To accompany the HBOT, doctors prescribed topical debridement, with the wound sites then packed with silver dressing. By the 14th session, the wound site developed clean granulation, at which point negative pressure therapy was introduced. The wound finally healed by session No. 50, though the patient continued pressure therapy for several more weeks. She was also given accommodative diabetic shoes to wear to help maintain circulation.

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