Wound Care


wound center

Most of us take our body’s ability to heal for granted. So when a chronic, non-healing wound develops, we often let it go longer than we should, thinking it will heal in time. That’s where the Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine team at Passavant can help.

The Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine team is comprised of physicians, registered nurses, certified wound ostomy continence nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and dieticians. They specialize in the treatment and care of non-healing wounds such as problematic surgical wounds, traumatic wounds and crush injuries, complex soft tissue wounds, diabetic ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and pressure ulcers. Through proven care, you see an improved quality of life, reduced amputation rates, reduced recurrence rates, and reduced costs.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) exposes the body to 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized environment. This prescription of high-flow, pressurized oxygen allows for a higher concentration of oxygen to reach the tissues of the body. This form of treatment has been shown to be very beneficial in specific problem wounds that do not have adequate blood flow. HBOT has also been shown to prevent the need for amputations particularly in diabetic ulcers. Passavant’s spacious, multi-place chamber is the only one of its kind in central Illinois. It is much larger and more comfortable than other chambers currently in operation throughout central Illinois. Contact us for further details.

We also provide Continence Services through our Pelvic Floor Retraining Program and Urodynamics Testing. Urinary incontinence affects approximately 17 million Americans; however, because many people feel there is a stigma associated with incontinence or other pelvic floor problems, they are often embarrassed and avoid seeking treatment.

Our Pelvic Floor Retraining Program1 is stigma-free and helps patients feel comfortable when dealing with urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, post-partum rehabilitation of the pelvic floor, pre-surgical or post-surgical rehabilitation of the pelvic floor, or post-prostatectomy incontinence. During your initial visit?which includes a pelvic exam, review of history, and urinalysis?we will evaluate and develop a customized treatment plan. We will also provide you with computerized biofeedback and electrical stimulation, dietary and fluid modification, urge suppression techniques, elimination diary review, and a home exercise program. This program is covered by Medicare if you have undergone and failed four weeks of pelvic floor exercise training or if you are unable to identify or recruit the pelvic floor muscles upon examination. All other insurance coverage is plan dependent.

We also provide Urodynamics Testing which is a diagnostic investigation of functional disorders of the lower urinary tract. Urodynamics provides information about bladder sensation, bladder stability and contractions, bladder size, urethral sphincter function, neurologic problems, and physical obstruction. Prior to a urodynamics test, you will be given a urodynamics information packet with a history form, urinary screening, quality of life form, elimination diary, and a 24 hour voiding diary. You should arrive for the test with a full bladder and testing time is no longer than 1 ½ hours. This test is usually ordered by a urologist, requires direct physician supervision, and is interpreted by a urologist.

For more information on our wound treatments, please contact Carrie Carls, RN, BSN, CWOCN, (217) 245-9541, extension 3668.

1 Our Pelvic Floor Retraining Program is not appropriate for individuals with impaired cognition or neurological impairment, symptoms of infection in bladder or vagina, colorectal or genitourinary cancer, demand pacemakers, complete loss of innervation, or for those who are pregnant.

 

EMS Provider Class Preview Night Nov. 9

Posted on: October 19, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital is offering a special opportunity for individuals interested in becoming a volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) provider. An EMS Provider Class Preview Night will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Meeting Room 4 at Passavant. Participants are welcome to come and go during the preview night. The preview night gives potential volunteers age 18 and older the chance to meet EMS program staff (including Passavant staff and volunteer EMS providers from around the area), view training equipment, learn about the local EMS program and discuss EMS class opportunities and available grants. “Our first responders are crucial to providing the best pre-hospital care,” said Travis Wilson, EMT-P, LI, Passavant’s assistant EMS coordinator. “We value our current volunteer EMS providers, but we are always looking to increase the base of volunteers in our service area. This preview night is a great way for anyone thinking about volunteering to talk with some of our current EMS volunteers to get a feel for what’s involved.” Passavant provides emergency medical technician/responder classes for area EMS agencies. The next class starts Jan. 15, 2018, and meets Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone with questions about EMS classes can contact Wilson by calling 217-245-9541, ext. 3929. Last month, the Passavant Foundation provided a $35,000 grant to recruit and train volunteer EMS providers in the Passavant service area.                                                                                     # # # # #

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