Judy Blom's Wound Care Story
Judy Blom, resident of Pella, enjoyed life in her retirement years until she took an unfortunate fall in a parking lot in February of 2020. Judy’s leg was black and blue and soon developed two blisters. The blisters opened up and became two holes that were infected. Judy sought care from Dr. Richard Posthuma at Pella Regional, her primary care provider. Dr. Posthuma saw Judy once or twice a week to check the wound for improvement. Judy was also prescribed an antibiotic for the infection. “The wound would improve but then get worse,” said Judy. “Dr. Posthuma then referred me to Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional.
In March, Judy saw Dr. John Kanis who used Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) for Judy’s treatment. NPWT, or wound VAC, is a type of therapy to help wounds heal. During treatment, the wound VAC decreases air pressure on the wound and can help the wound heal more quickly by drawing out fluid and keeping the wound clean. Suctioning from the pump helps bring the wound edges together and promotes new tissue growth. Judy had to wear the wound VAC 24/7 for two and half weeks.
Judy was then observed once or twice a week at Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine until her wound was totally healed at the end of July. Judy got to ring the healing bell and is ready to once again enjoy life in retirement.
Judy loved her experience at Pella Regional’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and would encourage anyone with a non-healing wound to give them a call. “My care was excellent and the staff was great,” said Judy. “Many people think you have to go to your doctor first to get a referral, but you do not. Don’t wait and give them a call!” For more information on Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional, call 641-628-6615 or visit PellaHealth.org/services/wound-care/.