Evidence-Based Reassurance with the MolecuLight i:X™ A Patient’s Perspective

Clinical Synopsis: This patient suffered an anastomic leak (leaking of the bowel) after bowel resection surgery and intestinal anastomosis, resulting in wide spread infection and secondary surgery to achieve proper bowel closure. The MolecuLight i:X Imaging Device was used to monitor the surgical site, guide clinician cleaning and provide patient reassurance throughout the healing process.

Slough in wound bed
Emergence of granulation tissue
Wound closure

Testimonial from the Patient:

I had surgery because I had polyps that were changing, big ones, so they did an operation and took out a piece of the bowel… they realized afterwards I was building up a fever and I had to be operated on again because the bowel was leaking into me. Afterwards, that’s when you start thinking about the bacteria. It’s good to know this device [the MolecuLight i:X] is out there.

I was very happy to hear when the bacteria was going away, and when there was no bacteria there. It was really comforting to know that there is a device out there that can detect that and so bacteria can be seen and dealt with. So it was a great thing for me, actually. It was a really good thing. Because you leave here and you don’t think ‘what if’, you know for sure that there was a little bit of infection, then the next time you know there is less infection, then you know it is gone and that is very comforting. Yes.

It’s an excellent device as far as I’m concerned. Piece of mind is something else that it helps with. And that’s a big thing. I had the two operations, I was going through a lot of hell. Piece of mind came from knowing that the infection was gone.

Wound Etiology
  • Surgical site infection after bowel resection (> 4 months
Anatomical Location
  • Abdomen
Patient Demographics
  • Female, 54 years old
Patient-Related Challenges
  • Widespread infection
  • Delayed wound closure
Patient’s General Care Paradigm
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Antimicrobial gauze
Clinician Stated Utility of the MolecuLight i:X
  • Bacterial monitoring helped clinician gauge when to start negative pressure
  • Guided cleaning
  • Patient reassurance
Images provided by Rose Raizman RN, Rouge Valley Health System, ON, Canada
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