Posted on November 22, 2017

Later this month over 1,500 healthcare professionals from across the region will gather in Qatar for the Second Qatar International Wound Management Conference 2017. According to Hamad General Hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, there is an increasing demand for wound care services in the country due to the steady population growth and rise in the incidence of chronic diseases and other serious illnesses as well as the number of patients undergoing surgery.

One patient who is benefiting from Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) specialized multi-disciplinary Wound Care Unit is Mr. Haikel Lachiheb, a 32-year-old diabetic patient who developed a serious infection in his foot after acquiring a wound. Mr. Lachiheb is one of ten thousand patients who has been successfully treated by HMC’s specialized Wound Care Unit. This was established in 2009 as part of the Ambulatory Care Services at Hamad General Hospital.

He first recognized there was a problem after undergoing a minor operation on his foot. Mr. Lachiheb says he noticed the wound was not healing and after seeking medical attention he was advised another operation was required. From there he was referred to the wound care team for specialized treatment and follow-up care. “When my open wound started to worsen, I was really afraid of the resulting consequences. Thankfully, I was provided with an urgent follow-up appointment with HMC’s wound care service. The team there took special care of me,” said Mr. Lachiheb.

Ms. Shaikha Ali Al Qahtani, Director of Nursing for Wound Care at HMC, said: “Most wounds that we see in diabetic patients heal slowly and can worsen rapidly, which means these patients, in particular, need to be closely monitored.” She added: “Along with treating Mr. Lachiheb’s existing wound, we offered him important advice on what he could do to aid his healing process. As a diabetic patient, this meant working on controlling his blood sugar level through diet and teaching him to be aware of any open wounds developing so they could be treated immediately. He was also advised to maintain good circulation to assist with the healing of his existing wounds and to help prevent the development of any wounds in the future.”

Speaking about the care he received, Mr. Lachiheb said: “I am grateful for the thorough care I received from the excellent team of nurses and doctors in the Wound Care Unit at HMC. Equipped with the best technology and high-quality medical team, they really exceeded all my expectations.” HMC will host its second annual Wound Management Conference from 23 to 25 November 2017, under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Health. The conference will bring together leading healthcare experts and highlight the most recent innovations in wound care best practice.

The event is being organized and sponsored by Final Vision. Qatar Datamation Systems (QDS) will contribute as the platinum sponsor while Qatar Charity will participate as this year’s humanitarian sponsor.