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Trinity Wound Healing Center earns distinction

June is Wound Care Awareness Month. A month to recognize the challenges many individuals who live with chronic wounds face and to celebrate the wound specialists who support and help these individuals heal.

And, I cannot think of a better way to kick-off the month by recognizing the Trinity Wound Healing Center team for their amazing work and to share about a prestigious award they recently received.

UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered this week to congratulate Trinity Wound Healing Center, a recipient of the Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 92 percent within 28 median days to heal.

By earning the Center of Distinction award for the ninth consecutive year, Trinity Wound Healing Center is now among the top 5 percent wound care centers in the nation. While this is an outstanding achievement in itself, it gives me even greater pride knowing the impact this team is making on our community.

As a member of the Healogics network of over 600 Wound Care Centers, Trinity Wound Healing Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. We use the latest clinical tools and traditional clinical practices. This means each patient receives an individualized treatment plan.

Advanced wound care treatments provided by our wound care experts might include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen to help progress the healing of the wound. While in the chamber, the patient breathes pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Some of the approved indications for HBOT which are currently reimbursed by Medicare, HMO’s and other insurance providers include:

• Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities

• Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis

• Chronic refractory osteomyelitis

• Compromised skin grafts and flaps

• Actinomycosis

• Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia

• Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)

• Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency

• Central Retinal arterial occlusion

• Gas Gangrene

• Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Chronic wounds can negatively affect an individual’s quality of life. If you or someone you know is suffering from a chronic wound, seek out specialized care at the Trinity Wound Healing Center. Their advanced treatments and care can help your wound heal faster, so you can get back to feeling like yourself.

Leah Glasgo is president and CEO of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge

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