Posted by: Nel | 2009/01/22

72yr old with lef injury

My Mom (72yrs old) had an accident and her calf was cut. It was quite a deep gash. She had the leg stitched up and the stictches removed 14 days later. An infection developed. She was put on an antibiotic and had to change the dressing every 2 days. It is almost a month later and she has been admited to hospital and is on a drip as the infection has not improved and they are worried about the circulation. Should we be concerned at this stage? Or is this standard procedure?

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Dear Nel
As one gets older the body sometimes does not heal as fast as a younger person's. Older people usually also have hardening of the arteries and circulation is usually not as good as it should be. If the wound does not heal with antibiotics per mouth and regular cleansing, admitting the patient for IV treatment is the next step.
Dr Bets

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