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Peninsula Home Care Brings Quicker Wound Care To Patients with E-STIM

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SALISBURY, MD - Peninsula Home Care is the first in the state of Maryland to bring a new chronic wound treatment directly to patients' homes. Julie Jaudrey of Salisbury is among the first in Maryland to receive E-STIM treatments from the comfort of her own home. Its a machine that sends high doses of electrical volts to a chronic wound on her recently amputated leg. But Julie says, the pulses aren't painful at all.

"It is just a tingling, a slight tingling. At one point it almost felt like a feather tickling the area," Julie describes.

Julie suffered from Diabetes for 30 years, before receiving a kidney and pancreas transplant. A few years later, she says she lost feeling in her left foot, and eventually lost circulation to her leg. She was told she needed an amputation. Two weeks after surgery, she tripped down the stairs and broke open the stitches.

"So the very next day I had to go to the surgeon again, and he actually had to open up things wider and clean everything out, and so that's what left me with a really large wound," she says.

About a month ago, Julie began using E-STIM. Physical therapists from Peninsula Home Care come directly to her home, three times a week, for forty-five minutes. Julie says they started her treatment on a Wednesday. "We came back on Friday, two days later, removed the dressing and it was unbelievable how much of a change there was in the healing process," she says. Julie describes the wound as closing by inches, and separated skin joining together.

 Physical therapists at Peninsula Home Care have gained extra training to use the system directly in patients home. Before this, E-STIMS of this strength were only allowed in hospitals. Traditional methods of chronic wound care, such as wound-vacs, could take months to heal. E-STIM works 40 times faster, needing only about 7 ½ – 10 weeks for complete healing.

Because E-STIM doesn't require to patient to even remove bandages, the patient can also be doing other things during treatment, like physical therapy and any other necessary treatments.

Julie hopes to be learning to walk in her new prosthetic in just over a month.

 

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