In late 2016, a team of professionals at Deer Lodge Centre (DLC) became the first in Manitoba to explore the use of electrical stimulation for wound care. While the technology is not new, it had not yet been used in Manitoba, due to lack of expertise and protocols.
Some chronic wounds heal very slowly, do not heal at all, or worsen despite the use of rigorous wound care treatments and medications. Reasons for this are varied, but can include poor circulation, infection, edema, inadequate nutrition and repetitive trauma to the wound site.
For the electrical stimulation trial, the DLC team identified a patient with a pressure wound that hadn’t healed or closed over a two year period despite multiple interventions, medications and treatments. Using Electrical Stimulation Therapy, the patient’s wound received 60 minutes of electrical stimulation four or five times per week. Within 12 weeks, the wound size had been reduced by 98 per cent, and eventually, in combination with other interventions, it closed entirely.
The trial provided important local know-how necessary to add electrical wound stimulation to an already diverse set of wound care tools available to facilities in Winnipeg and Manitoba.