Levindale Wound Care Team Provides Specialized Care for Pressure Ulcers
Posted Jun 05 2013 1:00pm
Fighting back against cancer, diabetes and long-term immobility takes a lot of strength, stamina and courage. One of the debilitating effects of these battles (and many others) can be pressure ulcers. They occur when the skin breaks down due to a lack of nutrients and/or a constant pressure on the same area of skin without relief.
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital has a dedicated wound care team that combines the latest technology and good old-fashioned commitment to try to prevent bed sores from developing and to treat them if they do. The team also coordinates individualized care with the skilled medical professionals from other specialties.
“It’s a feeling like no other; to use your training and expertise to help heal your residents’ and patients’ chronic wounds, and better yet, to prevent wounds from developing at all, says Barbara Quinn, R.N., B.S.N., WCC, manager of Patient Care Services at Levindale. “Our main objective is to improve the quality of life of our patients by eliminating the pain, embarrassment, functional decline and even death which can be caused by wound complications.”
Her team members use the Braden Risk Assessment to evaluate each person’s condition. They also pay special attention to turning and moving residents at regular intervals, tracking wound care results by computer and checking the condition of wheelchairs. Making sure patients and residents also stay well hydrated with their favorite beverages is another way they are avoiding pressure ulcers.
Future plans include continuing to fine tune the systems in place and to constantly update them.
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