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Pawnee Valley will showcase wound care at open house
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LARNED — An open house to showcase Pawnee Valley Community Hospital’s HaysMed Wound Care Clinic from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17  4-6 p.m. at the St. Joseph meeting room. The public is invited.
In collaboration with Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, specialists from HaysMed’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center will provide the wound care services in Larned. This unique team of specialists is dedicated to healing chronic wounds and the combined knowledge of the team creates a multidisciplinary approach to wound management.
“In conjunction with HaysMed, we are excited to bring this new service to the communities that we serve,” said John Hughes, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital administrator. “Chronic wounds can be detrimental to the quality of someone’s life and has the potential to lead to amputation. We want to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible when dealing with these severe injuries.”
The Wound Care Clinic open house will answer several key questions.
• What types of wounds are cared for through the clinic?
• What is the treatment process for the patients?
• What are the heal rates through this type of treatment?  
• Who is on the Wound Care Team ?  
Likely candidates for treatment are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, and infection and wounds that haven’t healed within 30 days. Other wounds that can be addressed though the Wound Care Clinic are bone infections (osteomyelitis), skin tears or lacerations, burns and slow or non-healing surgical wounds.
Treating wounds is a complex task with each case being unique and healing at varying rates. As part of the healing process, the staff at the Wound Care Clinic will teach patients to care for their wound at home between treatments and protect is from further injuries. They will also be available to answer the patient’s questions and give the patient the support they need.
Patients can either be referred by their physician for treatment or if they have had a wound that hasn’t healed within 30 days they can do self-referral. To schedule an appointment they can call 620-285-3161 or 785-623-5602.