Case Management Impact
Buckley was assigned to the case, and quickly ensured the surgeon performed the procedure which would yield the best results. Despite successful surgery, the claimant developed complications, including a serious bone infection, which required multiple procedures with subsequent loss of muscle and tendon function in the right leg. Buckley identified the best wound care provider and then coordinated with the treating physician to develop a home health care protocol. She worked with the home health team by attending visits so that the man’s wife and daughter could perform wound dressings at home. As the man’s wounds healed, Buckley researched the medical community for the best orthopedic surgeon to consult on how to treat the man’s muscle and tendon damage. She found a specialist who performed a posterior tibial tendon transfer which helped restore muscle function. During rehab, the claimant sustained overuse syndrome on the left knee with subsequent meniscal tear and had to undergo arthroscopic repair. Buckley helped coordinate the surgery and ensured the claimant was referred to a functional physical therapy program.