Dutch Greeters welcome Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Photo by Emily Hawk | Pella ChronicleThe Dutch Greeters attended a ribbon-cutting on May 13 for the new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Pella Regional Health Center.

Dutch Greeters welcomed the new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Department to the Pella Regional Health Center on Monday, May 13.

The clinical team for the department performs assessments and determines treatment plans for patients who are suffering from chronic or non-healing wounds. The team has specialized wound care training and offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, among other treatment options.

“I’m so excited to bring such a specialized wound care center into the Pella community,” said Area Vice President of Heologics Kim Kirschbaum. “They [patients] have an option for specialized care they’ve never received before.”

The department is led by medical director Doctor John Kanis along with Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Molly Engelhart. Dr. Kanis stated the department follows nine essential steps before determining a patient’s treatment plan.

One of the highlights of the expanded service is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy performed in a special chamber. The chamber exposes the body to 100 percent oxygen that is greater than normal. Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and this type of therapy can help speed the healing process. Kirschbaum stated the healing process is increased by about 60 percent.

“If you put oxygen under pressure, you can really drive that into the tissue,” said Dr. Kanis. “200 times more than normal.”

Patients are in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber for about 90 minutes, five days a week for up to 60 treatments. Additional treatments include removal of dead or damaged tissue, specialty dressings and wraps, offloading pressure techniques and negative pressure vac therapy.

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