I was recently contacted by a lovely lady from Lohmann & Rauscher, asking if I would be interested in trying Debrisoft pads for my leg ulcer and write a post about them. We arranged a meeting for when she could come down with a tissue viability nurse and a photographer.
When it came to the day of the meeting, my anxiety started to kick in as I had no idea who these people were and I was letting them into my house and I had to show them my leg ulcer and how I dressed it. When they arrived all my anxiety went went out the door when I let them in, they were so nice and friendly it really put me at ease.
They needed to tell me how to use the Debrisoft pads and the best way to do that was for me to stripe all my dressings and let them talk me through the process as I was doing it.
I have added the link to the Lohmann & Rauscher website where it shows you a video of how to use the Debrisoft pads.
These are the images from the first time I used the pads. I was pleasantly surprised in how well it actually worked. I was quite sceptical in the beginning. I’ve tried so many different treatments and dressings that I thought this would just be another one I can add to the list of failures but I’m happy with the progress from using these pads.
I change my leg dressing every 2/3 days depending on if it has leaked or if it gets stuck to the surrounding skin. I was asked to carry on using the Debrisoft pads each time I changed my leg dressing. The next time I changed my dressings was 3 days later and I used the pads the same way as before. The images below are from the second time around.
This time around the results were not as good as the first time but I think that was because I had been quite active for a few days and the dead skin had build up from not resting.
The third time I used the Debrisoft pad was last night and I had a better result this time. I was really happy with how well it cleaned my wound.
The pad worked really well and cleared quite a lot of the dead skin and fluid that was sitting on top of the wound. It did such a good job that it left healthy fresh skin open to the air. It looked really good and I had minimal pain from using the Debrisoft pads. However when I put my dressings back on, I was putting neat iodine straight onto the fresh skin and the iodine caused me a lot of pain, I know to some it may sound strange but this is a good thing and even though I didn’t get very much sleep last night, I know this is helping on the road to healing.
After receiving a very kind phone call this morning, I decided to ring my doctors and ask if I could stop using the iodine dressings and start using a different dressing. Thankfully he agreed. I’m hoping now I can stop using such an aggressive dressing the inflammation and pain will significantly be reduce when I change my dressings next time.
I am definitely going to carry on using the Debrisoft pads from Lohmann & Rauscher. They haven’t really made any difference to the size of my ulcer but it has done a great job cleaning and removing everything that is sitting on top of the wound which stops the healing process. Over time the more I use these pads and keep the wound bed clean it will help with healing. I’ve finally got the next size up compression stocking which will help with healing the ulcer and hopefully now I will start to see an improvement.
I will keep you updated as this journey continues, Please feel free to ask me anything you want to know about my leg ulcer.
If you or someone you know has an ulcer please contact me and I will try to help in any way I can, Sometimes it’s just nice to talk to someone who knows how it feels and knows how lonely it can make you feel.