PCH offers wound care program

Friday, June 8, 2012
Wound care staff members at Piggott Community Hospital Gletta Herren, Shelly Samples, Dr. J.T. DeWitt and Fioniala Anderson are proud to offer their services to Piggott area patients

With its new wound management program, Piggott Community Hospital is adding a valuable component to its award winning medical services. Through the clinic--which operates Wednesdays at the hospital with services held once a month at the PCH Specialty Clinic--Piggott area patients are able to receive treatment for a number of ailments including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, infected or necrotizing wounds, trauma wounds, arterial ulcers, dehisced surgical wounds, complex soft tissue wounds, compromised skin grafts and flaps, bone infections (osteomyelitis) and impaired skin integrity.

Prior to the creation of the program at PCH, many patients with the aforementioned or similar ailments were required to travel elsewhere for specialized treatment. Now, those same patients have an option closer to home, thanks to Dr. J.T. DeWitt and his staff of talented staff, including RN Fioniala Anderson, wound care certified RNs Shelly Samples and Linda Payne, and LPN Gletta Herren.

"We're happy to offer this type of treatment to our patients here in Piggott," Dr. DeWitt said. "Before, they had to go off somewhere else to receive this type of treatment. It's just so much more convenient for our patients."

As part of the wound management program, patients receive an evaluation based upon a number of factors which help the staff identify and counteract any potential areas which may cause a delay in treatment. Once the information is gathered, a customized treatment plan is created for each patient. The plan may include vitamin therapy and protein supplements, vascular studies, topical antimicrobials, oral and IV antibiotics, offloading/pressure relief devices, debridement, compression therapy, advanced topical wound products, patient education and psychosocial assessment.

Dr. DeWitt and staff utilize the latest technologies in terms of equipment and treatment products. Several treatments allow patients to continue with many of their regular activities, though caution is always advised when dealing with any potential risk to health.

The program is designed to work with other medical services and providers in order to meet a patient's entire area of needs. The wound care clinic will provide updates t referral sources, including progress reports to referring physicians. The program coordinates care with home health services and nursing homes for patients who utilize those services.

"This program is designed entirely with the patient in mind," Dr. DeWitt said. "Patient care and convenience is our priority."

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