Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional is celebrating five years of serving and treating chronic wound patients at Pella Regional Health Center.

To celebrate this milestone, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will host an open house on Monday, April 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The public is invited to take a tour, talk with staff and providers, and enjoy some refreshments. Enter through Entrance 7 at the corners of Jefferson Hazel Streets.

Patients suffering from a non-healing wound are often living with three to four additional chronic conditions that negatively impact their ability for wounds to heal on their own. The rising incidence of chronic wounds can also be correlated to obesity, vascular disease, an aging population and radiation treatment side-effects which are often underlying causes. The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine department offers individualized care plans delivered by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, proven to increase healing rates.

“We are dedicated to delivering successful patient outcomes and improved quality of life to people suffering from chronic wounds in our communities, said Lesa Maring, Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional. “The culture at Pella Regional allows for our team to live the mission of serving patients with Christian compassion. Most of our team has been working together over the last 5 years. I am proud of our team and the positive patient outcomes we continue to have year after year. It is nice to be able to celebrate this milestone together.”

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional provided specialized care for more than 1,306 patients since opening in 2019. The advanced treatments available at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and growth factor therapies. 

Another advanced therapy offered is hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  During the non-invasive procedure, patients receive treatment relaxing on a bed encased in a large see-through plastic shell as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen medicine may be used to treat wounds related to more than a dozen conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, radiation injury, and skin injuries and infections.

In its first five years, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional Health Center has seen great success in healing wounds for patients throughout the area.

Our patients heal faster than an average wound care center with a median days-to-heal rate of 21. Since the center’s opening, 45 hyperbaric oxygen therapy patients have utilized the chamber totaling 1,249 treatments. Other numbers include:

•          Wound care encounters (each time a patient is seen): 12,674

•          New wound care patients: 1,306

•          Comprehensive healing rate: 86%

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