Diabetic foot ulcer treatment to avoid food amputation

Imagine sitting in a hospital waiting room. You have come from afar with a complicated diabetic foot plantar ulcer to see another specialist,  because an amputation has been determined for your foot. There seems to be little hope, but you really want your foot to be saved. 

This is the story of Galo from Chone in Ecuador, who is 61 years old today. He has been living with Type 2 diabetes for 20 years.

Three years ago, Galo was not only bounded to a wheelchair due to a complicated diabetic foot ulcer but there was also a high risk that his foot might have to be amputated.

But life can change in the blink of an eye: 

While Galo was waiting for his appointment in the Santo Domingo General Hospital, Carol, a sales representative from B. Braun was sitting next to him, and they started to chat. This coincidence turned out to be a stroke of luck, because Carol learned about the condition of his foot and the scheduled surgery.

Carol decided to actively play a role in the situation and spontaneously accompanied Galo to talk to the doctor. She then explained about advanced wound care and introduced him to the diabetic foot ulcer solutions B. Braun offers. 

Would she convince the doctor to give treatment with Prontosan® and Askina® a try?

Yes! They immediately started treating Galo’s highly infected diabetic foot ulcer. Luckily enough, Carol could provide the advanced wound care products and together with the doctor they carried out the treatment.

Four days later,

a first dressing change

was performed with Carol attending. Even though she was convinced of the effectiveness of B. Braun products, she felt a bit anxious. Her heart was pounding like a hummingbird when the procedure started.

The dressings were removed... The wound had improved!

The doctor was thrilled and amazed, Carol was happy and relieved... and Galo was simply with a huge smile in his face.

How could this be possible?

Such excellent results in such a short time. This meant that they had amputated many feet in the past that could have been saved. 

A year later...

“He came all the way from Chone-Manabi, and travelled 160 kilometers to Santo Domingo just to see me: He came in walking! He was out of his wheelchair. My first case. I almost started to cry.”

Dr Diana Guanotoa, who had taken care of Galo’s treatment after the initial phase.

But the story doesn't end there.

Galo’s case and the extraordinary results of his treatment with B. Braun’s advanced wound dressings led to the creation of a specialized Holistic Unit for Diabetic Foot Care in the Hospital General Santo Domingo. This facility is the only one of its kind in the whole of Ecuador.

In this facility, patients are treated holistically by a multidisciplinary team

of at least one vascular surgeon, an endocrinologist, an internist, a nutritionist, a psychologist, an advanced wound care physician, and a qualified nursing team. Together, they decide on the appropriate ambulatory or inpatient care, including advanced wound care, according to the patient’s condition.

In addition, regional centers of primary care were involved and their staff trained to further promote early detection of feet at risk of ulceration. 

"I am glad that a happy coincidence has given me the chance to help a person in such a tragical situation. Such moments give our work a true meaning." 

Carol from B. Braun, always in contact with "her" patient Gallo.