Wound care has been offered by wound care specialists at Boone County Hospital (BCH) for nearly 25 years.
Nurses from the Wound Clinic, Ruth Anderson, CWS (Certified Wound Care Specialists) and Cathy Wetzeler, CWOCN (Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse), perform wound assessments and determine treatment plans under the direction of Dr. Richard Unger, Wound Clinic Medical Director. They work closely with other hospital departments including physical therapy, diabetes educators, podiatry and the Specialty Clinic.
Wounds can be caused by a number of things including accidents, burns, traumatic injuries, various ulcers, and surgery. Types of wounds treated at the BCH Wound Clinic include: diabetes ulcers, pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, trauma, cellulitis and/or any wound that has not healed in one month.
Through the years, the Wound Clinic nurses have become nationally known. Each year, they are asked by a medical device company to make an abstract and present their findings at a national wound care conference. The abstract includes information on a specific product they are using on several of their patients, the objectives, the rationale, case studies and a conclusion, as well as before and after pictures of the wounds. Researchers and companies at the national conventions share information on the latest evidence-based research related to new and existing wound care products.
Individuals with wounds are often referred to the Wound Clinic by their physician. Patients can be seen in the clinic on Monday afternoons and Thursdays. For more information, contact the Wound Clinic at (515) 433-8337.