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Published on February 06, 2012

Wound care at home

Recovery is possible from difficult-to-heal wounds

Wound care plays an integral role in recovery from injury, surgery and diabetes problems. The right care helps prevent complications that could result in readmission to the hospital.

To encourage healthy wound closure, Mercy Home Health patients receive one-on-one attention from wound care advisors, including a registered nurse, a wound care-certified (WCC) specialist and a wound ostomy continence nurse (WOCN) specialist. These advisors monitor difficult-to-heal wounds by reviewing digital photographs taken by the in-home clinician and electronically transferred to a wound care specialist.

“This allows us to analyze the healing stages of the wound and make adjustments as needed,” explains Danica Melso, RN, BSN, WCC, clinical manager at Mercy Home Health.

The wound care process goes far beyond bandages and treatments, Melso says. “The patient may feel anxious about his or her wound, so we’re very supportive. We treat the patient holistically, with caring conversations about nutrition, infection prevention, pain management and individual fears.”
Patients in the wound care program also learn when to call a nurse and when to go directly to the Emergency Room—a discussion that often includes family members acting as caregivers.

“Every patient is treated as an individual with distinct needs,” Melso explains. “But our goal remains the same. We’re always working to help our patients regain a reasonable amount of independence—sometimes even more independence than before they were hospitalized.”

All Better. For more information on Mercy Home Health’s wound care services, please call us at 1.888.690.2551.

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