This case study is adapted from a real situation. All names are aliases, and any identifiers are removed for privacy.
Mr. C. is a 70-year-old male who was a double below-the-knee amputee. He was getting used to wearing his new prostheses, but he noticed a very small hole was having drainage at the bottom of the stump. His prosthetic leg is held in place by a silicone vacuum sleeve. Mr. C isn’t sure what to do, and he asks you, his personal care worker, what to do.
Answer the following question:
- What steps should Mr. C take to reduce the chances of further opening of the wound on his stump?
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- Mr. C should stop wearing the prosthetic leg and contact his doctor to assess the wound and prosthesis.
Unfortunately, Mr. C did not immediately report the drainage. He continued to wear his prosthesis and developed an infection. The wound became inflamed, and a tunnel started by the bone. Intravenous antibiotics were given to stop the infection from advancing. Mr. C was advised of the importance of reporting any issues with his prostheses immediately.