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    Any Suggestions for BAD Pressure Sore

    Hello Everyone,

    My father is a Quad C-5/6. He has a terrible bed sore right in the middle
    of his backside. He has had it since April 2007. It starts to heal and then
    pops open again. He has spent much of this time in bed, being turned &
    with different medications. Now it is worse, has gotten deeper (tunneled).
    Is anyone aware of any (miraculous) medication for such a sore? Any
    suggestions are appreciated. Feel free to post here or email me to my
    web site (listed below).

    Thank you!

    Lori
    http://www.luckybuckads.com

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    The Miraculous Cure: Consulting with an Infection Specialist.

    Sores that won't heal are indicative of Osteomyelitis (an infection that has gone into the bone). In that area, I had a skin flap done when I was 15 (I'm now 34) and it worked - I've never had another problem.

    Are you seeing any kind of wound care specialist? What mattress and cushion is he sitting on?
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    Bed Sore

    My father uses an air mattress (a preventative for sores). His cushion
    on his wheelchair was done specialty (pressure mapping) by the folks
    at Craig Hospital. He was seen by his nurse from the health care
    agency that assists him; as well, he was very recently seen by a
    wound specialist. I don't know if a wound specialist is as qualified or
    knows what a infection specialist would know. What is a skin flap?
    Did you have to take any special meds or antibiotics to get rid of
    your bone infection? Was your sore deep and tunneled? His is in a
    very precarious area. Every time he goes into his chair, it reopens.

    Thank you,

    Lori
    www.luckybuckads.com

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    He should be on bed-rest .. and not getting into the chair. I was down for three months with mine. IV Antibiotics are the only way to treat Osteomyelitis through a PICC line.

    I highly reccommend getting in contact with an Infection Specialist. Even our hospital in down-trodden, physician-short Windsor, Ontario has one.

    Basically a skin flap is where they cut the infected tissue out, (I had a bone scrape with mine to rid myself of infected dead bone tissue) and then they 'push you together' and suture you up ... this was in 1988. The procedure may have changed since then. It was graduated sitting after that for six weeks. Then only half days at school for a semester.
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    Hi,

    I agree with lynnifer that if the area is deep and tunneled, it could possibly be into the bone- that is not always the case but something you want to check out, especially if it keeps reopening.

    And if it keeps re-opening, he may be sitting too quickly and you should definitely have his cushion checked. Is it a ROho that requires inflation periodically? Even if it was custom-fit for him, it may require maintenance.

    Definitely, keep him on bedrest now. Turn him every 2 hours and make sure he is eating adequately with enough protein.
    There is no miracle cure but it needs to be evaluated and a treatment prescribed for the condition the wound is currently in.
    If he bone is involved, it requires iv antibiotics.
    Keep us posted.

    AAD

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    Thank you so much for your imput. I will relay the information to my
    family (& dad). I'll keep you posted.

    Best Wishes,

    Lori
    www.luckybuckads.com

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