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Monday, December 4, 2023

Hope for Non-Healing Wounds

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers a wound care and hyperbaric medicine program to help patients with chronic wounds. Program director Nikki Johnston answers common questions about our services.

Q. What is the purpose of the St. Mary’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine program?

A. A person with a non-healing wound may benefit from our specialized care. Using advanced treatment methods you can’t get at your primary doctor, we help to heal these wounds quicker, potentially reducing the risk for disease or amputation. *

Q. Are there many people within the Enid community who have or are at risk of developing chronic, hard-to-heal wounds?

A. There are people in every community who have or are at risk for chronic, non-healing wounds. One of the major causes of these types of wounds is diabetes. Our program has been open for over 20 years and our patient base has doubled. We see approximately 150 patients on a weekly basis per month.

Wound care medical supply. Dressing set. Conforming bandage elastic gauze, cotton ball with alcohol, cotton stick, forceps, and first aid tape on stainless steel tray. Medical tool for cleaning wound.

Q. How do patients benefit from the wound care program?

A. Many of our patients begin with wounds so severe that they can’t even walk into our office. By the time they complete their treatment plan, they can get back to enjoying the simple pleasures of everyday life.

Q. What percentage of your patients heal?

A. Because we provide comprehensive wound care treatment and have skilled physicians on staff, we have a comprehensive healing rate of 82 percent. Patients who follow their treatment plan may heal within a matter of weeks.

Q. Does each patient have a customized treatment plan?
A. Our multidisciplinary team follows nationally accepted standards for wound care. Individual treatment plans are developed based on each patient’s healthcare needs. The patient’s response to treatment is evaluated during each visit. The treatment plan is revised as needed based on the wound-healing progress.

Q. How is the patient’s progress monitored?
A. At each visit, the patient’s wound is reassessed. The clinical information is entered into the program’s database so medical staff can track the patient’s progress compared to clinical benchmarks for wound healing.

Learn more at www.stmarysregional.com

* Individual results may vary.

Physicians are on the medical staff of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the nondiscrimination notice, visit our website.

St. Mary's Regional Medical Centerhttps://www.stmarysregional.com/
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is a 229-bed acute care hospital serving patients in Northwest Oklahoma. St. Mary’s provides many medical and healthcare services and is accredited by the Joint Commission. We have earned Primary Stroke Center designation and other prestigious quality awards including CMS Five-Star Quality Rating 2021; The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade ‘A’ rating, Spring 2021; Advanced Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement and Women’s Choice Award® for Emergency Care 2021. With more than 640 employees, St. Mary’s is one of the largest employers in Garfield County and has received Top Workplaces award for four consecutive years. Visit stmarysregional.com for more information.



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