– An innovative medical device is helping wound care patients where other treatments have been unsuccessful. As part of an Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) trial, the geko™ device had initially been used to treat 13 chronic wound patients, leading to the healing of wounds that had previously lasted from months to years.
GekoTM is a muscle pump activator (MPA) that increases blood circulation. Originally created to prevent blood clots during long airplane flights, the device can also treat patients with lower-limb wounds.
Wounds generally heal using oxygenated blood from the heart. But for some people, the blood doesn’t circulate properly causing swelling and edema. The geko™ device is applied to both legs and helps stimulate blood flow using a small electrical impulse.
The Erie St. Clair CCAC’s geko™ trial began in May 2014 in partnership with Perfuse Medtec and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC. The trial focused on patients who had tried other forms of wound healing without success. As a result, home visits were reduced from daily appointments to as little as two visits per week, sparing needless visits and saving time for patients. Some patients experienced complete healing and were discharged from services altogether. Earlier this year, the ESC CCAC fully rolled out the geko™ program.
“At the Erie St. Clair CCAC, we look at supplies that are time and cost-effective,” said Lucy Coppola, Director, Transitional and Short Stay Services. “The gekoTM is a unique device that is highly effective. The application is an easily teachable skill for patients comfortable with managing their own care.”
The geko™ is wireless, weighs only 16 grams, takes less than 60 seconds to fit, and doesn’t restrict patient mobility.
Lynn Allen of Windsor had cellulitis on one of her legs which caused a wound that still hadn’t healed after nearly four months. Then she tried the gekoTM device. “Within a week or two I could see it working,” said Allen, who after six months of using the device, no longer needs it. “Not only did this method reduce my wound to nothing more than a mark, it also helped improve circulation in my leg overall.”
-30- About The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
The Erie St. Clair CCAC is dedicated to enhancing the health, quality of life and independence of individuals in our communities by offering a single point of access to home and community services. Serving over 38,000 patients across the region annually, we assist patients in making informed choices about health care options and we work to ensure that the right care is available at the right time and place. To access our services, call 310-CCAC or go to www.healthcareathome.ca/eriestclair. Also, visit the www.eriestclairhealthline.ca for information on health and social services in your community.
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