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Nursing assessment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer

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Case Scenario Mrs. Gina Bacci is a 49year old Italian lady (with poor English) who was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago for surgery following complications from an alright foot ulcer. She underwent surgery under general anesthetic, for partial amputation of the forefoot and the great and first toes. She has a history of; TypeII diabetes (diagnosed 6years ago); Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD); and obesity (BMI 40.4m2; Height 165cm weight 110kgs). Due to her worsening diabetes, she has been commenced on insulin during her admission to hospital. Gina was discharged from the hospital 7days ago a...

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Case Scenario Mrs. Gina Bacci is a 49year old Italian lady (with poor English) who was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago for surgery following complications from an alright foot ulcer. She underwent surgery under general anesthetic, for partial amputation of the forefoot and the great and first toes. She has a history of; TypeII diabetes (diagnosed 6years ago); Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD); and obesity (BMI 40.4m2; Height 165cm weight 110kgs). Due to her worsening diabetes, she has been commenced on insulin during her admission to hospital. Gina was discharged from the hospital 7days ago and has presented to the outpatient department for further wound assessment and management. She is not due to see the surgeon for her follow up post-operative appointment for another 2 weeks. Current Medications on discharge one week ago are as follows: Novorapid TDS 12units, Lantus 30units note, Pregabalin 75mg mane, Paracetamol 1g QIDMrs Bacci admits she sometimes forgets and doesn’t think she needs to take all her medications. She is mobilizing with an offloading boot and walking stick. On examination her blood pressure is 120/70mmHg; Pulse 88 bpm regular; RR 18 bpm andSpO2 at 97% on RA, temp 37.8ºC Her feet and toes on her right foot are cool to touch with a capillary refill of 2-3 seconds. Mrs. Bacci states that she normally has cold feet and wears bed socks. Her BGL is 12.6mmol/L. When you examine her wound you note that there is an Island film dressing along the incisional wound which is wet from serous exudate output. The wound has some dehiscence along the suture line and there is some slough tissue. The surrounding skin is warm, and dark pink and painful to touch. Considering the case study above and using the clinical reason cycle write an essay that addresses the following 3 questions. Question 1: Based on the case study, critically analyze and discuss the underlying pathophysiology and causes of the patient’s post-operative wound status.Question 2: Identify 2 main nursing priorities of care for this patient and provide justification and rationale for each.Question 3: From your identified priorities, outline and justify the appropriate and safe nursing management of the patient during this time.

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The research study is designed to provide aspiring medical students and nurses a valuable insight on nursing assessment and management of postoperative wounds on diabetic foot ulcers. The study will critically analyze the pathophysiology of diabetic foot ulcers by studying the case scenario of Mrs. Gina Bacci who is the 49-year-old lady suffering from diabetic right foot ulcer and underwent a surgical procedure with partial amputation of the forefoot and irresponsible consumption of medication post discharge. The study will also identify the nursing priorities which need to be performed by the nurse on the patient in order to manage the wound and justify the necessary nursing management of the patient based on the priorities, which can result in better treatment of the lady.

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