Published on March 04, 2019

Dr. John Kanis, Medical Director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

Dr John Kanis, Director of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

PELLA, Iowa— In April, Pella Regional Health Center is opening a new state-of-the-art Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine area under the direction of Dr. John Kanis, Medical Director. Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will be located within the newly renovated section of the hospital at the corner of Jefferson and Hazel streets.

Nurses from Wound and Hyperbaric Center perform wound assessments and determine treatment plans under the direction of Dr. Kanis. Along with Molly Engelhart, DNP, Dr. Kanis will lead the team specializing in treatments for chronic and non-healing wounds. These wounds are defined as sores or injuries that have not significantly improved after conventional treatments.

Many times, these wounds are related to inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, diabetes, pressure and immobility. Non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.

Staff uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical imaging, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, diabetic education, and debridement to address total patient health. Treatments include:

  • Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
  • Specially chosen dressings and wraps
  • Offloading pressure techniques
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Bio-engineered tissue substitutes