Wound Care - Pella Regional Health Center


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Coming soon: Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Nurses from Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine perform wound assessments and determine treatment plans under the direction of Dr. John Kanis, Medical Director. They work closely with other hospital departments as well.

We specialize in treatments for chronic and non-healing wounds. These injuries are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved after conventional treatments. Many times, these wounds are related to inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, 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.

State-of-the-art treatment includes debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, bio-engineered tissue substitutes and patient education. Our staff uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, diabetic education, and debridement to address total patient health:

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

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 doctor throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you will return to your doctor for follow-up care.

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

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