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Different gangrene treatment options

Posted on June 17, 2015 2:27 pm under Nursing Home Abuse

Gangrene is the death of tissues due to lack of blood flow or bacterial infection. As this disease progresses, a host of adverse health complications may happen, including blood poisoning, organ damage, and ultimately, death. As such, it is important to act on gangrene immediately after noticing signs and symptoms of this disease.

Because dead tissue caused by gangrene can no longer be saved, the goal of gangrene treatment is to prevent the disease from affecting additional healthy tissue. Healthcare professionals may do this through:

  • Antibiotics – Administered intravenously to fight against infected gangrene.
  • Surgery – In moderate cases of gangrene, affected tissue is removed to facilitate the healing of remaining healthy tissue (debridement). In severe cases, the affected body part might be removed altogether to avoid the disease from spreading to other parts of the body (amputation).
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – In this treatment, your body is exposed to pressurized air with pure oxygen, allowing the body to deliver more oxygen to the infected area.

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