Diabetes wound healing
Diabetic amputation and connected plantar ulcer on 66 y.o Patient
A 66-year-old diabetic male with coronary artery disease, renal disease and partially amputated right 3rd toe undergoes amputation of the right 2nd metatarsal head and toe. Patient has past medical history of osteomyelitis in 2nd metatarsal head and proximal phalanx, as well as non-healing tunneling diabetic ulcer on the plantar surface of right foot for 3 months.
Plantar ulcer was packed with iodoform lint-free gauze. ENLUXTRA Self-Adaptive dressing was used over the packed ulcer as well as post amputation over entire incision line. Read more.
San Francisco General Hospital Adopts "Smart" Enluxtra Self-Adaptive Wound Dressing To Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Wound Care Costs
WHY DOES ENLUXTRA WORK SO WELL FOR DIABETIC WOUNDS?
Diabetes makes healing process much more sensitive to deviations from ideal healing conditions.
Enluxtra makes healing easier by continuously adapting the dressing's function to every part of the wound individually, down to every square millimeter. Unlike any other type of dressing, Enluxtra addresses every emerging problem instantly, long before it becomes a major complication.
Enluxtra is the only dressing that keeps track of what is going on in the wound and adjusts its properties on the fly. For example, if any part of the wound becomes too dry, Enluxtra is able to provide moisture to that part, preventing desiccation.
If parts of the wound are exuding large amounts of fluid, Enluxtra absorbs and retains the fluid inside itself, while keeping the rest of the wound hydrated.
Enluxtra takes away the issues (maceration, desiccation, growth of microorganisms, accumulation of dead tissue), freeing the body’s natural defenses and supporting the natural healing process. For example, the natural body enzymes that promote healing can do their job because
the wound treated with Enluxtra is in a constant optimally moist and clean state.
Enluxtra is able to maintain the optimal moist healing environment at all times in all parts of the wound. In addition, it keeps the wound clear by absorbing microorganisms and liquefied components of slough and dead tissue.
Learn more about Self-Adaptive technology.
HOW EASY IT IS TO USE ENLUXTRA?
Very easy. There are no multiple products, just one dressing. All you need to do is select the correct size. Nurses, home caregivers and patients alike can teach themselves by referring to our “How to use” instructions.
HOW DANGEROUS ARE DIABETIC WOUNDS?
The statistics are disturbing. The rate of loss of limbs and lives due to diabetic wounds is often compared to that due to war and cancer.
"Every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes"
DFCon11, Bakker (after Boulton), DFCon.com
Boulton, The Lancet (cover), Nov. 2005
BUT IT IS ONLY A SCRATCH!
Ulcers never just appear, they all start as insignificant breaks in skin. It’s the deadly combination of the above reasons that quickly turns a small wound into a non-healing ulcer. If an early stage diabetic wound is not treated timely and properly, the patient risks amputation and even death.
WHY DIABETIC WOUNDS DEVELOP
There are two reasons why diabetic wounds develop and go unnoticed until it’s too late.
The importance of early treatment of diabetic wounds cannot be stressed enough. If a small wound is healed before it develops into a late stage ulcer, the patient has a much greater chance of avoiding complications that may lead to amputation, or death.