Though often not discussed in the exam room, patient shame, anxiety, and depression are quite common in wound care. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients are avoiding appointments because they are fearful. Here are some tips to help navigate the challenges and help our patients.
Even during the pandemic, it's very important to encourage patients to keep their wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy appointments in order to avoid infection, a trip to the emergency room, and possible admission. Randy Brooker, President of Center Operations, offers tips on how to continue providing essential wound care services while keeping safety a top priority.
A recent study from Indeed revealed that U.S. workers are making dramatic career shifts, and nearly 88 percent of those who take the leap say they are happier after making their move. For Mary Brightwell, her career change began at age 46 when she transitioned from grocery store bookkeeper to wound care nurse and clinical manager. Here’s her story.
It's Wound Healing Awareness Month, a time to recognize the challenges experienced by individuals with chronic wounds and to raise public awareness about the benefits of specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
Our clinical team is working very closely with partners across the country and implementing extra safety protocols, including telemedicine, to ensure safety and prevent ER visits. Whether your patient rings the healing bell in the clinic or at home, WCA has your back.
Once COVID-19 seems to be in the rearview mirror, healthcare service organizations will need to offer realistic, relevant assistance to their patients and communities. This crisis can buckle and break us, or it can be the catalyst in which a phoenix of ideas rises from the ashes to build a stronger "after."
Today marks the 41st Anniversary of the Great American Smokeout. How are we doing? The good: Cigarette use is down. The bad: The consumption of nicotine in other forms is rising. And that's not good for wound care patients.
Whether the needs are physical, emotional or financial, literally everything we do and every decision we make affects patient care. Nick Jagodzinski, WCA's Atlantic Regional Clinical Coordinator, talks about the rule that guides our company.
A few years after his toes were amputated due to a diabetes-related infection, Doug Davie noticed a stubborn wound on the bottom of his right foot. Concerned about amputation, he visited the Rio Grande Hospital wound center for an evaluation. After several months of specialized treatment including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Davie's wound has completely healed and he's returned to his normal everyday activities. Meet Mr. Davie and the dedicated wound care team at Rio Grande Hospital in rural Colorado.
Meet Margaret Mack, the woman behind the curtain! As our Luvo Liaison for the Atlantic Region, she helps our partners and patients get the most out of their wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy programs.
One of the most important members of the wound care team is the Program Director (PD), the person who leads day-to-day operations and is responsible for the overall success of a wound center program. In this video, PD Svetlana Carovski shares her insights.
Sometimes complexities arise when running a wound care and hyperbaric medicine program because of knowledge or resource deficits. Wound Care Advantage offers a 20 Point Onsite Assessment and offers a recommended roadmap for implementing positive changes.
National Doctors' Day was created to recognize the contributions of physicians to individuals and communities. This date marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. On March 30, 1842, in Jefferson, Georgia, Dr. Crawford Long used sulfuric ether to anesthetize a patient and painlessly excised a tumor from his neck.
Shortly after I founded Wound Care Advantage more than 15 years ago, Bob Trautman, CEO of Lancaster Community Hospital, took a chance on us. He signed our first wound center contract and we started what became a long and rewarding partnership.