These two wound care case studies can reveal best practices for patient interaction and healing.

Case studies on wound care are an invaluable source of information and insight for doctors, patients, and their families. In the past, we’ve explored a wide array of case studies, including a patient with a series of painful lower body ulcers and another dealing with necrotic wounds.

The information below explores two case studies that shed light into effective wound healing for patients with lesions caused by injury or surgery:


Case Study No. 1

(Courtesy of Managed Health Care Connect)
Patient: 66-year-old female
Medical History: hypertension, anemia, deep venous thrombosis and coronary artery disease, among other ailments

The patient arrived at the wound care clinic with a lesion on her right leg that measured 2 centimeters by 2 centimeters. She explained that she was unaware of how or when then injury had occurred, though she had been dealing with mobility issues for quite some time. Upon examination, the wound presented with only minor swelling and there was some slough around the outer edge of the lesion.

Over a span of several weeks, doctors implemented a number of treatment options, including regular saline cleanings and wound dressings featuring regenerated cellulose and collagen. The patient was also ordered to keep her leg elevated at all times. In less than two full weeks, wound healing progressed, and the minor cellulitis that had developed had all but cleared up. As follow-up treatment, doctors cleaned the wound with cadexomer iodine once daily for two weeks.


Case Study No. 2

(Courtesy of Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization)
Patient:  74-year-old female
Medical History: hypertension and osteoarthritis

The patient entered the clinic having recently undergone a total knee replacement. The wound itself, located on her right leg toward the lower gaiter area, measured 10 centimeters by 4 centimeters. Also of note was the skin around the wound, which was not only swollen but showed signs of discoloration and varicose eczema. Over the course of five months, the patient visited the clinic for regular measurements of the wound, though the injury never showed signs of growth fluctuation. The patient was also put on a diet rich in protein to support

The patient was put on a diet rich in protein to support wound healing while the injury was also treated with Adaptic dressings. Compression bandages were also used toward the end of the treatment cycle, from twice per week to just once in the very final month. The wound healed completely by the end of the five-month cycle, though compression stockings were recommended for maintenance care.

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