Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Bedside Wound Care

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Vohra Wound Physicians: Healing Wounds, Saving Lives

Bedside Wound Care for Diabetic Foot Ulcers:

Sylvia Minielly has been dealing with diabetes for ten years. Minielly recently developed a foot ulcer.

"I couldn't do very much with that sore on the bottom of my heel," Minielly said.

Minielly resides in a skilled nursing facility where she received daily wound care from the nursing staff and weekly visits by a wound care specialist from Vohra Wound Physicians. Her wound is now completely healed.

"If I get another wound, I want him to take care of it," said Minielly.

Minielly is one of 26 million Americans with diabetes. An estimated 10% of diabetics will develop foot ulcers.

"Diabetics are at particular risk of getting infection in their wounds," says Dr. Shark Bird, Chief Medical Officer at Vohra Wound Physicians. "They don't have good sensation in their lower extremities. So, often, they're not even aware that the wound is there. If we can recognize that wound early on and we can treat it and prevent infection, hopefully we'll be able to prevent infection from getting into the bone and eventually prevent limb loss that may have occurred without our services."

Vohra's services include bedside debridement, which is the removal of necrotic tissue in the wound. According to an independent Lewin Group Study, this bedside wound care provides an 86% reduction in infection and amputation rates compared to other methods.

Self-inspection is also key. Diabetics should look at their feet every day for sores or redness.

"They can also wear protective devices to prevent them from doing any trauma to their lower extremities or from getting any wounds on the bottom of their feet," Bird says. "There are special shoes that they can wear, special kinds of boots that prevent heel ulcers."

Vohra Wound Physicians provides weekly bedside wound care to patients in its partner nursing homes across the nation. For more information on wound care, visit http://www.woundphysicians.com.