Paraplegic father counts his blessings
A paraplegic single father is spending less time in hospital and more time with his twins thanks to critical home treatment received from RDNS.
After a freak accident severed his spinal cord 14 years ago, Terry Pavlou counts every moment spent with his four-year-old twins as a blessing.
The 43-year-old has had pressure wounds treated on and off by RDNS for three years. After surgery on one of his wounds, Mr Pavlou’s doctor referred him to RDNS wound care for in-home treatment.
“Receiving treatment in the comfort of my own home is the best possible outcome my family and I,” Mr Pavlou said.
“We don’t have to wait in hospital and the kids can play at home while I receive my treatment.”
More than half a million Australians suffer chronic wounds every year, costing the health system an estimated $3 billion. In the last 12 months, RDNS has treated the wounds of more than 20,000 South Australians.
Mr Pavlou is urging Australians during Wound Awareness Week, which runs from 15-21 July, not to delay treatment, particularly those that are painful and take more than 30 days to heal.
“I can’t emphasise how important it is to act immediately and seek medical advice,” Mr Pavlou said.
“Most parents are so busy looking after their families that they forget to look after themselves. It’s so important to identify wound warning signs and act on them.”
Wound specialist Professor Keryln Carville, Professor Primary Health Care and Community Nursing at RDNS,
said despite a higher risk of chronic wounds in those aged over 65, wounds shouldn’t be a normal part of life or ageing.
“For those with new wounds, it is important to talk to a GP or another health care provider,” Professor Carville said.
“This is especially important if a wound is taking longer than anticipated to heal, causes pain, shows signs of redness or heat in the surrounding skin or increased fluid.”
17 July 2019
Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
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