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.

 

Visitors Should Take Precautions to Prevent Spread of Influenza

Posted on: December 18, 2017

Illinois is experiencing a severe flu season, with many people experiencing flu-like symptoms throughout Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) For the safety of patients and their families, Memorial Health System is recommending visitors to its four hospitals – Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville and Taylorville Memorial Hospital – help prevent the spread of respiratory infections by requesting that: Inpatient hospital visits be limited to two visitors per patient at one time All visitors be 18 or older and show no signs of illness The health system also encourages those accompanying outpatients at Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations. “Passavant Area Hospital is currently not experiencing a high rate of hospitalizations due to influenza,” Erica Hunt, infection prevention and control manager for Passavant Area Hospital, said. “People who are ill shouldn’t visit someone in the hospital. This is true any time of year, but especially during flu season.” Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January and February, beginning as early as October and ending as late as May, according to the CDC website. As many as 20 percent of all Americans get the flu each year. To prevent spread of the flu, the CDC recommends individuals take precautions to avoid spreading germs, such as washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and getting your annual flu vaccination (available to those 6 months and older). Most people who get the flu recover completely in one to two weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia, according to the IDPH. Over the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been associated with an average of 3,500 deaths a year in Illinois. For additional information about the flu, including symptoms and prevention, visit the CDC website, CDC.gov. More information about the flu can be found on Memorial’s Live Well blog, LiveWellMagazine.org, including frequently asked questions.

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