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Chronic Wound Healing Using Subthermal Diathermy

Posted by ACP on Jul 23, 2019 10:18:43 AM

Patient Information: Male, Age 87 Diagnosis: Pressure Ulcer / Type II Diabetes

History: This gentleman was transferred to a skilled nursing facility for long-term care with a long standing pressure ulcer. Nursing referred him to therapy for wound care intervention due to this non-healing stage IV (full thickness) coccyx (base of the spine) pressure ulcer despite being treated weekly be a wound care doctor and receiving daily wound care by nursing for almost 2 years (643 days). He also has type II diabetes and poor sitting posture which contributed to his slow healing.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Wound Management

Healing Chronic Wounds Faster with Electrical Stimulation

Posted by ACP on Aug 17, 2018 4:46:14 PM

According to CMS, 15% of all Medicare beneficiaries experience chronic nonhealing wounds at an annual cost of nearly $32 billion. Normal wound healing involves the inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling phases. When wound healing fails to progress properly and persists for longer than one month, it may be described as a chronic wound. Patients with chronic wounds often have multiple comorbidities which may hinder healing. Electrical stimulation is a biophysical agent known to assist in the progression of wound healing.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Wound Management

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