Dr. Louis Argenta always had an interest in science and history while growing up in Detroit.
Then one day in 1960, his aunt gave him a book that had a big influence on his life.
“She brought me an Albert Schweitzer book and told me that I should be a doctor like that, except that I should comb my hair and shave,” said Argenta, a professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
After reading the book, he realized he wanted to be in medicine.
Schweitzer was a theologian, philosopher, organist and medical missionary. Some photos of him on the internet today show him with unruly hair and a bushy moustache.
This month, Argenta received the 2016 Jacobson Innovation Award from the American College of Surgeons, of which he is a fellow. The award honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery. It is made possible through a gift from Dr. Julius H. Jacobson II and his wife, Joan.
Pressure ulcers are more commonly referred to as bedsores. Most of us have heard of them before but few really understand what they are or how you get them.
A pressure ulcer or bed sore occurs when a person who is inactive and has difficulty moving easily isn’t moved regularly. Bedsores are not something everyone can expect to get as they age. In fact, they are completely avoidable and directly caused by inadequate care. If pressure ulcers go untreated they can cause serious infections and eventually even become fatal.
Bedsores will be found on the most bony areas of the body. This is because the person’s body weight has decreased the blood flow in that area. The most common places to find pressure ulcers are the tailbone, lower back, hip area and heels.
It is possible to get a bed sore from a single incident of a lack of blood flow combined with pressure however it is much more likely to get them from prolonged or repeated incidents of a patient being left prone. Ultimately a patient who gets pressure ulcers is being neglected.
The patients who are most inclined to suffer from bed sores are likely to have the following conditions:
Poor diet or dehydration Difficulty controlling bladder or bowels Decreased mental state or awareness Confined to a bed or wheelchair Immobile or incapable of changing positions without help
In the early stages of a pressure ulcer, you can reverse the ulcer simply be relieving pressure and moving the patient again. However once bed sores are present the patient will need to be moved or rotated every couple of hours. This is important to relieve the pressure in the areas of the bedsores and to allow the wounds to begin to heal.
There are four stages of bedsores and if they get to the later stages surgery may be necessary to treat the bed sores and if nothing is done pressure ulcers can eventually be fatal.
The problem with pressure ulcers is that if a patient develops them it typically means they are not being cared for correctly. This also means they are not likely to receive the treatment they need to heal.
If your loved one has pressure ulcers you need to take action immediately. Understand that this is not normal and your loved one is not receiving the care they need. In a nursing home, a patient with bedsores is being neglected. Monitor the situation and try to catch neglect in the early stages. Nursing home abuse can be a big problem and bedsores are a clear warning sign.
If you believe someone you love is being mistreated in a care facility talk to nursing home neglect lawyers to better understand your options and how you can fight for the rights of your loved one.
Pressure Ulcers Wound Staging are a common problem for the incontinent and immobile. They are caused by too much pressure to the epidermis, causing it to break down, and infection often occurs. Pressure sores and pressure ulcers are incredibly painful, and can lead to further decline in skin health. However, they are preventable. The following is a look at the recommended pressure ulcer prevention protocol provided by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).
1. Perform a head-toe skin exercise at least daily,concentrating on pressure points.
The first sign that skin is experiencing too much pressure is redness. Look for red areas, particularly in those areas most susceptible, such as the sacrum, elbows, ischium, trochanters, heels, and the back of the head. Areas that show signs of developing pressure sores should be treated immediately and steps should be taken to alleviate that pressure and return skin to the proper skin health. This can be achieved with cushions, pillows, changing position at least every two hours, and by cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting the skin.
2. Individualize bathing frequency. Use a mild cleansing. Avoid hot water and excessive rubbing.
Unfortunately, for many, plain old soap and water is simply too harsh on the skin, causing it to dry out. The skin should be cleansed regularly to remove bacteria, and promote health, but a mild cleanser, designed specifically for the skin of incontinent, elderly, or diabetic patients is needed. Avoid water that is too hot, as this can cause the skin to dry out, crack, and tear. And be sure to look for a no-rinse solution for a cleanser, as frictional damage may occur if there is too much rubbing, scrubbing, and wiping to clean and dry an area.
3. When incontinence cannot be controlled, clean the skin off excrements, and use a topical barrier to protect the skin.
Quality incontinence products that help to keep the skin dry is the first step. The second is cleaning with each change, not just after changing fecal incontinence. In addition, helping protect the skin using a multi-purpose ointment or protective barrier is important. The skin naturally produces such a barrier that can help protect it from wetness and irritation. However, as skin ages, it produces less of this (sebum), and with incontinence there is prolonged exposure, necessitating a topical barrier be used.
4. Use moisturizers for dry skin.
Help keep skin pliant and moist using a topical moisturizer. Again, the body may not be producing enough on its own, particularly if the individual is not staying properly hydrated. Help to reduce reddened skin, and promote skin health and healing by applying a daily moisturizer.
5. Avoid massage over bony prominence.
This will increase friction, and lead to a breakdown of the epidermis. Instead, try to keep areas prone to ulcers well cushioned and protected, and the skin dry, clean, and healthy.
Year after year we are seeing an alarming increase in the number of people getting obese and contracting chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. In fact, as per a rather interesting report released recently by a UK-based medical journal, The Lancet, it is for the first time since modern institutions started collating health-related data that the world has more obese people than malnourished.
The condition is worrisome, particularly in the UAE where 19 per cent of the population, or over a million people, is diabetic. Globally, the number of diabetic patients has quadrupled in the last four decades. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that 422 million people are known to be living with the disease, and by 2040, the figure would rise to 642 million. Industry experts also suggest that there are 318 million more people who are pre-diabetic, and their population is expected to grow to 481 million by 2040.
The news about type 2 diabetes and its impact on seniors can be quite scary. But the reality is that this disease is highly preventable, which is my focus in this article.
But before I get to how diabetes is preventable in many seniors, I feel it is important to mention some very important – and sobering – statistics. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 25 percent of Americans over the age of 60 have type 2 diabetes. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 percent of those over the age of 65 are pre-diabetic – but only 7 percent even know they are.
When it comes to diabetes and its prevention, knowledge is certainly power and powerful.
What is diabetes and why are seniors more apt to develop it?
AeroFlow Healthcare celebrated their latest opening in Greenwood South Carolina
Aeroflow Healthcare is recognized as a premier provider of durable medical equipment (DME) and service in the Southeast, and continues to grow nationwide. We pride ourselves on offering quality equipment and the best in personal customer service.
Patients and physicians nationwide are choosing Aeroflow as their provider for home oxygen, diagnostic sleep testing, CPAP equipment and supplies, nebulizers, mobility equipment, breastpumps, pediatric needs, catheters, negative pressure wound therapy and more. Aeroflow Healthcare is located at 105 Vine Crest Court in Greenwood SC.