NPWT: a gate of hope for patients with diabetic foot ulcers.

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NPWT: a gate of hope for patients with diabetic foot ulcers.

Br J Nurs. 2019 Jun 27;28(12):S6-S9

Authors: Hajimohammadi K, Makhdoomi K, Zabihi RE, Parizad N

Abstract
Non-healing diabetic foot ulcers are a common and costly complication of type 2 diabetes and can result in lower extremity amputation. This case study concerns a 51-year-old man with a 17-year history of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. He had developed a deep ulcer to the calcaneus of his left foot, which was 12x7 cm in size and infected with multi-drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. He was admitted to hospital for the non-healing diabetic foot ulcer and uncontrollable fever and was a candidate for amputation. He was treated with wound irrigation and debridement as well as negative-pressure wound therapy and antibiotic treatment. This strategy was effective and the wound size reduced progressively. The patient recovered well. Medical and wound care teams who deal with non-healing diabetic foot ulcers can benefit from a strategy of combination therapy.

PMID: 31242104 [PubMed - in process]