Pro-Stat® Case History #31 & #32
Charlene Schiela and
Pro-Stat® speed wound-healing and post-surgical recovery.
Charlele Schiela of Hernando, MS sounds like one of those wonderful people who doesn’t have time to get sick herself because she’s too busy caring for others. After her mother’s hospitalization in September and her husband’s surgery in January, much of the burden fell on Charlene to nurse them both back to health. In March she wrote to tell us how
Pro-Stat® liquid, hydrolyzed protein had helped to ease her burden and speed the recovery of her loved ones.
“In September of 2004 my mother was admitted to Healthsouth Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis, TN with a stage 3 wound in her leg. When she was discharged in early October, the hospital gave her
Pro-Stat® to take at home. The doctors said it could take as long as two years for the wound to heal, if ever.”
This was a discouraging prognosis for Charlene and her mother, but they took the Pro-Stat as recommended and, to their surprise, began to see unexpectedly rapid improvement. To Charlene’s delight her mother progressed so well that, “by thanksgiving I was able to discontinue dressing the wound as it had healed completely. [Mother] had also begun to regain weight.”
After the wound healed, Charlene’s mother resumed her normal diet and discontinued using Pro-Stat. Unfortunately, in February, 2005, she began experiencing mini-strokes, leaving her very weak. Charlene continues, “She has resumed taking the Pro-Stat for the past week and a half and her strength and attention have improved.”
As luck would have it, Charlene’s mother was not the only health issue the family was facing. In January, 2005, her husband, Jeff, suffered a recurrence of colon cancer and had surgery at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, TN. As Charlene relates, “[Jeff] weighed a healthy 200 pounds when he went in for surgery, and after 16 days in the hospital he came home weighing 175 pounds.” When Jeff had his first colon cancer surgery in 2003, he was given Pro-Sure (a powdered supplement) to increase his energy and promote weight gain following chemotherapy and radiation treatment. “It was difficult for him to drink the Pro-Sure because of the volume that was needed”, says Charlene. Based on his mother-in-law’s experience, this time he began to take Pro-Stat. Charlene picks up the story from there. “The first week he was home he took Pro-Stat and gained back ten pounds. We ran out of Pro-Stat the second week and his weight stayed the same. When we received a new bottle of Pro-Stat, he then gained another five pounds. He also showed an increase in his energy level.”
As a result of the surgery, Jeff also had an open wound in his side that needed draining and dressing. “The doctors said it would take a while for it to heal because of the previous radiation damage,” Charlene continues, “[but] four weeks after opening the wound, it has healed almost completely.”
Charlene’s experience has confirmed her belief in the in the therapeutic value of Pro-Stat. “We have been very pleased with the results of using Pro-Stat and highly recommend it to others. Now that we are using the Pro-Stat, we are finding that the small amount of liquid needed is easier to drink when [Jeff] is not feeling well. Please feel free to use this information on your website. Thank you for a very effective product.”
No, thank you Charlene, not only for sharing your story and letting others know how Pro-Stat can work for them and their loved ones, but also for being the kind and generous care-giver you are.
Pro-Stat® Case Study #23
Roni Summers, LPN, heals pressure ulcers, improves skin status with
Health care professionals dealing with pressure ulcers, malnutrition and low albumin levels face difficult and often frustrating challenges. Nurse Roni Summers, LPN, of Wesleyan Healthcare in Marion, Indiana faced just such a challenge recently when a resident transferring back from the hospital was found to have serious pressure ulcers.
Roni was so pleased with the outcome of this difficult case that she called Medical Nutrition USA, manufacturer of
Pro-Stat®, to report what happened.
“The resident came back with terrible pressure ulcers,” explained Roni. “Bilateral heel ulcers and a deep stage IV ulcer on the coccyx, it was horrible.” Summers and her co-workers knew that nutritional intervention and nursing care had to be implemented right away.
Wesleyan was using powder supplements* for residents who needed extra protein and wound-healing regimens. Diane Bowman, the dietitian, had recently told Roni about liquid
Pro-Stat®, which Summers had not yet used, seeing little benefit in trying another protein supplement. In considering how best to treat this particular case, however, Roni wanted to try something more than the standard treatment. With her team she initiated a care plan that included dressing changes, regular repositioning and one 1-oz serving of
Pro-Stat® daily at medication pass.
Roni picks up the story from there, “How impressive the results were! Within a month both heels were healed and the stage IV to the coccyx showed decreased depth and diameter and was well on its way to healing. How wrong I was about not needing a different protein supplement,” she proclaims. “Pro-Stat® helped speed the ulcer healing tremendously, faster than the protein powders ever did.”
Roni Summers’ experience convinced her that not only is
Pro-Stat® more effective, it’s also easier to administer. In ready-to-use liquid form,
Pro-Stat® requires no mixing and can be easily given to tube fed residents as well as those on oral diets. Best of all, only 1fl.oz. delivers 15 grams of complete, hydrolyzed protein.
Summers is proud of the work she’s done at Wesleyan, and she feels good about the care she provides. Healing pressure ulcers at a faster rate can improve the quality of life of her patients and save her facility money. As a result of her satisfaction with
Pro-Stat®, Roni now wants to expand its use to other residents.
We thank Roni for sharing her success story with us and thereby allowing others to learn from her experience.
*Wesleyan used Resource® Beneprotein® and Arginaid®, manufactured by Novartis Inc.
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An observational study of Pro-Stat showing improved wound healing.
Improving Wound Outcome with Pro-Stat® AWC (Advanced Wound Care)
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