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.

 

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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