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Sanguis Draconis (Daemonorops draco): A Case Report of Treating a Chronic Pressure Ulcer With Tunneling

Ji, Shu MD; Zhang, Guizhen MD; Hua, Yafang MD; Jin, Xueqin MD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000063

Pressure ulcers are a frequently encountered difficulty in clinical nursing care. In cases of pressure ulcers, continued pressure on soft tissue leads to pathological processes in affected tissues that include ischemia and hypoxia, nutritional and metabolic disorders, and degeneration and necrosis. Pressure ulcers are a common clinical complication. In February 2013, our department admitted a patient with Parkinson's disease who suffered from a chronic pressure ulcer with tunneling. This patient was given an integrative therapy treatment protocol that consisted of external applications of a phytomedicine called sanguis draconis, combined with a series of conventional treatments, including local oxygen therapy, custom-built vacuum aspiration, and anti-infection therapies. The patient's integrative treatment program resulted in complete amelioration of the pressure ulceration. The following sections describe the nursing experiences associated with this case study.

Department of Neurology, The First People's Hospital of Kunshan, affiliated with Jiangsu University, Suzhou, People's Republic of China.

Correspondence: Guizhen Zhang, MD, Department of Neurology, The First People's Hospital of Kunshan, Jiangsu University, Suzhou 215300, People's Republic of China (

These authors contributed equally to this work.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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