Before his coma, John worked for over 25 years as a human resources specialist in the biopharmaceutical research sector. “I was raised in a very ‘clinical’ family, for lack of a better term,” he says. “My father was a pharmaceutical sales rep, and my mother and older sister are both nurses.” John’s initial hospital stay, and subsequent coma, was due to acute MI1, cardiogenic shock, ventilator dependent respiratory failure and acute renal failure requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy in ICU for 38 days.
The pressure injury John developed, located on his mid-back, caused him significant pain and discomfort, despite an aggressive pain-management strategy.
Over the course of five weeks, traditional attempts at wound healing failed. Treatment methods included saline wet to moist dressings, alginate and absorptive dressings, enzymatic debridement and antibiotic ointment.
Frustrated with the lack of progress, John’s care team decided to utilize the Invia Motion NPWT device from Medela. The personal-use pump, designed to deliver to patients the standard benefits of a reusable pump, offered John a discrete, cost-effective way to accelerate wound healingand return to an active lifestyle