Without the NHS and today's medical technology Charlie and others like him would not be here today.... Forever grateful for the NHS Three years on TPN!!
In March 2016 Shortly after surgery Charlie commenced Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) due to the devastating effects of Necrotizing Enterocolitis and the damage it caused to his Small Bowel.
Charlie now has Ultra Short Bowel Syndrome and insufficient Small Bowel to absorb all the nutrients he needs to grow, develop and maintain his hydration levels.
The Above three images are to show you what A central Line looks like and how we connect Charlie to his TPN over night.
The First image is what Charlie's central line looks like now. The second image is a X-Ray of Charlies central line to check the position, here you can see the line tunneled under the skin into his left hand side and which feeds through a main artery leading in to his heart. The Third Image is a basic diagram of a pediatric Central Line into the chest.
For Charlie to come home we had to learn about the principles of sepsis, basic gut and vascular anatomy and the complications of PN, and about their underlying illness. Furthermore we had to learn the skills of hand washing, sterile aseptic technique , connecting and disconnecting TPN, changing a dressing and managing the pumps. When Charlie came home we had to adjust our lifestyle, events such as bathing, showering, swimming,outdoor activities and travel all have to be carefully planned in advance.
Of Course Charlie and many others wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the amazing achievements of Dr Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D.
Dr Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D. is widely recognized and respected throughout the scientific, academic and clinical world for his innovative and pioneering research in the development of the specialized central venous feeding technique known as Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN).
The basic investigative development and subsequent successful clinical application of this highly effective therapeutic modality has been described as one of the four most significant accomplishments in the history of the development of modern surgery, together with the discovery and development of asepsis and antisepsis, antibiotic therapy and anesthesia. It has also been acknowledged as one of the three most important advancements in surgery during the past century along with open heart surgery and organ transplantation. Our Hero right here!!
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