FCMC Opens Wound Care Services
Monday, April 1, at Fulton County Medical Center officials cut the “band aid” to officially kick off the opening of its newest department: Wound Care Services. The new department was created from shelled out space in the main portion of the hospital. It took a little more than eight weeks to complete. The space is 1650 square feet with three treatment rooms and a hyperbaric chamber. The work was completed in-house by the center’s maintenance department and local contractors.
Wound Care Services offers a comprehensive program of specialized management by clinicians trained in wound care. The clinical oversight will be performed by a number of physicians at FCMC, including podiatrists Katie Cashdollar and Karly Richards; general surgeon Justin Rosenberger; and cardiologist Jeffrey Mandak.
The department can also provide referrals to home health, nutrition, and diabetic education. For more advanced wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be used. HBOT is a clinical treatment where the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen intermittently while enclosed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at a pressure greater than one atmospheric absolute. HBOT has been proven effective for many medical conditions, The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Society, one of the premier research institutes, has approved it to treat the following conditions:
A diabetic person with a wound that is slow to heal or is simply not healing;
Anyone with a wound that has not shown improvement in four weeks;
Certain infections of the bone and skin;
Someone with damaged tissue from radiation therapy;
Skin grafts with inadequate blood supply;
Brown or recluse spider bites;
Carbon monoxide poisoning;
Post operative infections;
Skin tears and lacerations;
Wound Care Services is headed up by the director, Beth Lopez, and three staff members: Cindy Keith, CRNP, and HBOT technicians Julie Knepper, LPN, and Christine Ward, LPN. They will be happy to answer any questions at 717-485-2855.