The CARE Touch Restores Health to a Senior Citizen
Mrs Anuradha Jain, 80, was hit by a speeding motorcycle near her home on November 2. She suffered a deep and wide gash on her left upper arm and was bleeding profusely; moreover, flesh was hanging from the wound. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where first aid was rendered; the wound was bandaged and painkiller and tetanus shots were given to stabilize her.
She was then brought to CARE Banjara where Emergency doctors evaluated her. To avoid further distress to the patient, they did not remove the bandage but spoke to doctors at the previous hospital who shared photos of the wound on WhatsApp. Dr Srinivas Gnaneshwar and Dr A Ravichander Rao, Consultants, Plastic Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgery examined the injury and said a plastic surgery would be required as the wound was very large – 12 by 6 cm, with loss of skin. She would need a skin graft.
Mrs Jain was examined by several specialty doctors before she was cleared for surgery. They included a cardiologist for coronary artery disease, a pulmonolgist for bronchial asthma and an endocrinologist for her thyroid condition. The anesthetist too spoke to her at length seeking a detailed record of all conditions and the medications she was taking.
She was operated upon the next morning under general anesthesia. Debridement was done and the entire necrotic tissue and fat was removed. A large skin graft (15 by 8 cm) was taken from her upper thigh to cover the wound area. After 24 hours’ observation, Mrs Jain was discharged from the hospital.
Mrs Jain’s family enquired about home care options as she required bed rest. She was provided a semi skilled lady for home care through the CARE Continuum initiative. She came regularly for dressing and check-ups and had no complications. The graft site and the wound healed well and she is back on her feet, living her normal lifestyle.
The systematic manner in which the treatment of Mrs Jain was handled and the high competency of the doctors led to her rapid recovery in spite of her being 80 years old. Truly a case of providing care that people trust!