Wound Care Week At SJH Highland

Charles Dykema (center) credits the staff of the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Wound Care Center with saving his life.
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The Wound Care Center at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week started June 6 and runs through Friday, June 10. The Wound Care Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. The Wound Care Center has state-of-the-art technology with an average healing rate of 98% within 28 days.

“We are a wound care team that focuses on saving limbs and following the Healogics’ essential nine step program of wound healing to help patients in every way possible,” said Shelby Guthrie, Clinical Program Director for the Wound Care Center. “We have the best group of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who all make a patient’s healing journey as quick and fulfilling as possible.”

Amy Liefer, Director of Communications at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland, told WGEL 6.7 million people are affected by chronic wounds, which costs $50 billion a year.

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If left untreated, wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and even amputation.

Liefer told WGEL the center treats pressure ulcers, bone damage due to radiation, different types of infections, surgical wounds and burns, skin damage due to radiation, ulcers due to diabetic issues, and bone infections among other issues.

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The physicians and clinicians at the Wound Care Center use leading edge therapies to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal chronic wounds. One state-of-the-art therapy being used to save limbs from amputation is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). HBO therapy increases the amount of oxygen to wounds allowing them to heal from the inside. Under hyperbaric conditions, oxygen molecules in the patient’s red blood cells become reduced in size to more easily dissolve into the liquid portion of the blood and be transported throughout the body to speed healing. During the non-invasive procedure, the only sensation patients experience is a slight pressure in the ears, as on an airplane, when the pressure changes.

“I don’t know if I would still be alive without the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital Wound Care Center,” said Charles Dykema, a patient at the Wound Care Center. “I know my wound would not have healed without their help. The staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital has been friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.”

You don’t need a physician’s referral to the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland Wound Care Center. To self refer, or to find out more, call 651-2502 or visit stjosephshighland.org.

To hear more about the Wound Care Center, click below to listen to Ryan Mifflin’s full interview with Amy Liefer: