Wound Care - Pella Regional Health Center


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Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

this is our wound care team, made up of Dr. John Kanis and Molly Engelhart.

Pella Regional's Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine is located within the newly renovated section of the hospital at the corner of Jefferson and Hazel streets.

The clinical team from Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine performs assessments and determine treatment plans under medical director, Dr. John Kanis. Along with Molly Engelhart, ARNP, he leads the team specializing in treatments for chronic and non-healing wounds.

Many times, these wounds are related to inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, diabetes, pressure and immobility. A wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound. Treatments include:
• Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
• Specialty dressings and wraps
• Offloading pressure techniques
• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
• Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
• Platelet growth technologies
• Negative pressure vac therapy

One of the highlights of the expanded service is hyperbaric oxygen therapy which involves exposing the body to 100% oxygen at a pressure that is greater than normal. Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and exposing a wound to 100% oxygen can speed the healing process.

Your Role in Healing

Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You will need to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You will learn about caring for your wound at home including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries.

How to Start Healing

Generally the physician treating your wound will refer you or you can make your appointment directly.

When you call for your first appointment, we'll ask you a few questions about your wound and health in general.

Before beginning treatment, our team of doctors, nurses, and therapists will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history.

Tests might be conducted to tell us more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation as well as to determine if there's any infection present.

Together with your physician, we will develop a treatment program based on our assessment of your needs. Your program will likely involve regular appointments. Your progress is meticulously documented and adjusted as necessary.

We are in constant communication with your provider throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you will return to your provider for follow-up care.

For more information, contact our staff at 641-628-6615.