Auckland DHB’s District Nursing Clinic is grateful to the Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation for funding equipment that will help people with painful leg wounds – people like Frank.
Clinical Charge Nurse at Auckland DHB’s District Nursing Clinic, Rosica Latchman, says, “Frank came to us with a massive wound on one leg and fluid in both legs caused by cellulitis.
“If a wound doesn’t heal within six weeks, we need to start compression treatment, but we must first do a ‘Doppler test’ to check for artery blockages in the leg.” Doppler tests are crucial because cutting off blood supply to the leg can be life threatening.
Frank’s Doppler test was done using a hand-held Doppler assessment system, but thanks to funding from the Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation, Auckland DHB has its first ‘Huntleigh Ability Unit’, which transforms how Doppler tests are conducted.
Diagnoses are much quicker; the fully-automatic unit provides accurate results within three minutes versus the previous two hours, so the team can see, diagnose and treat more people. It’s also more comfortable for patients, which is a huge benefit for patients like Frank living with painful ulcers.
Auckland Health Foundation CEO Gwen Green says, “We’re grateful to the Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation, and also to USL Medical for donating additional gear so the Huntleigh Ability Unit can be put to immediate use.”
Frank is now at home and walking again without a frame, saying, “I’m so thankful to all the nurses; they gave me back me independence. I’m happy that future patients will receive even better care.”
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* Cover photo courtesy of USL Medical