October 9, 2012
Wound Care Center celebrates fourth year of hope for those with chronic wounds
COLUMBIA, TN – The physicians, nurses and caring support staff of the Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Wound Care Center face daily the challenge of offering comfort and hope to patients who suffer from chronic and non-healing wounds.
According to an article from the National Institute of Health Public Access Web site, more than 6.5 million Americans suffer from chronic and non-healing wounds. Non-healing wounds can range from those associated with complications of diabetes and other related vascular disorders to pressure sores and traumatic wounds. At the Wound Care Center, a patient’s wounds are assessed by physicians and nurses specially trained in the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds.
“Patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and the underlying problems causing the wound. After the exam, a program based on the most effective treatment options is tailored to the patient’s need. Diabetic education and nutritional management may also be included as part of a patient’s treatment,” said Program Director Sherry Jones.
Treatment options range from vascular evaluations, infectious disease management, bioengineered skin grafts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, one of the technological advances offered whereby patients breathe 100 percent pure oxygen inside a pressurized, clear acrylic chamber.
“The chamber assists in the healing process as the patient’s wounds are exposed to the oxygen. The treatment enables the patient’s blood stream to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues, aiding the body in fighting off certain types of infections, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and improving circulation,” said Dr. Jim Richardson.
Denise Failla of Pulaski is one of the many patients whose successful treatment included hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She first entered the Wound Care Center in March 2012 for treatment of a wound that had developed in November 2011.
“I was very frightened. At the time I was referred to the Wound Care Center, my foot was severely infected and there was a possibility that it might have to be amputated. Dr. Richardson and the nurses were very encouraging,” said Failla. “They were all good cheerleaders, keeping my spirit up during the several weeks I was being treated. They encouraged me all along the way.”
On October 1, the staff celebrated the Wound Care Center’s fourth anniversary, having treated more than 1,600 patients for the care of chronic wounds. Office hours at the Wound Center are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. More information is available by calling 931.490.7440.