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SMCH opens Wound Care Clinic

LAKE CITY — People who suffer from things like ulcers, infected wounds or crush injuries can now find treatment at a new clinic in Lake City.

The Wound Care Clinic at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, 1301 W. Main St., is officially open, hospital officials recently announced.

Officials said the clinic offers the community a “comprehensive quality approach to healing and providing state-of-the-art clinical services to patients with non-healing wounds.”

The clinic specializes in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:

• Diabetic foot ulcers

• Venous ulcers

• Pressure ulcers

• Non-healing, surgical wounds

• Arterial/ischemic ulcers

• Traumatic wounds

• Infected wounds

• Crush injuries

• Compromised flaps or grafts

The wound healing center is staffed with a team of clinicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.

Mark Mogensen, PA, has accepted the position of lead provider and Kendra Tiefenthaler, RN, has been appointed as clinical coordinator.

“Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates,” said Jennifer Snyder, marketing coordinator. “Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance.”

Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:

• Infection control

• Restoration of blood flow

• Debridement (removal of dead tissue)

• Offloading

• Cellular and/or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)

• Compression therapy

• Foot reconstruction

• Skin graft or flap

Course of treatment will depend on the type of wound.

During the patient’s first visit, staff will evaluate the wound and review medical history.

Special tests may be needed to provide information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine the course of treatment needed.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, the patient will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of healing progress.

Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:

• Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team.

• Take medications as directed.

• Return for your follow-up appointments.

• Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, call (712) 464-7299.

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