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Nexus Specialty Hospital Featured Program: Wound Care

While advances in wound care have improved management of all types of wounds, Nexus Specialty Hospital has developed a program where they have recorded increased success with complicated and non-healing wounds. Known for their specialized wound care program, the team at Nexus Specialty Hospital focuses specific attention and resources to close wounds faster and without infection or need for future debridement (removal of dead or infected tissue or foreign material).

“Depending on a patient’s length of stay, they may be with us for a week or up to a month,” explained Mary Vallery, RN, WCC, OMS, Wound Care Supervisor at Nexus Specialty Hospital. “We have to work at an aggressive pace because we know these patients won’t be with us long. It’s our goal to get the wound clean, so that when they discharge, patients can have successful closure.”

Interdisciplinary Wound Care Team
The team at Nexus Specialty Hospital works with patients holistically under the guidance of a Board Certified wound care specialist. Additional members of the interdisciplinary team are wound care certified nurses, an ostomy certified nurse, and registered dietician. The program incorporates rehabilitation, bowel and bladder management, and medical management, as well as consults for additional specialist including podiatry, plastic surgery, and infectious disease.

“Our wound care department has taken care of even the most complicated cases,” explained Vallery. “Nothing discourages us because we find wound care as an exciting challenge. We love to problem solve and creatively find what will work best for each individual patient. We have innovative techniques and tools. We build our dressings differently than other facilities making it easier for the patient to maneuver.”

Treating All Kinds of Wounds
The team at Nexus Specialty Hospital treats all types of chronic and complex wounds, including those that are infected or have developed calciphylaxis. Wound care treatment is tailored to each patient, and depending on the location and type of wound, one or multiple of the following treatments and/or services are provided:

Additional treatments include pulsatile lavage therapy, maggot therapy, skin substitutes, full thickness skin grafts, advanced wound dressings, and compression dressings. Specialty beds, like low air loss mattresses, dolphin beds, and sand beds, are also offered according to needs.

New Outpatient Clinic Supports Wound Care
Recently, the hospital also started an outpatient clinic, providing continuity of care for wound care patients. Because the staff collaborates with other healthcare facilities in the area, outpatient follow up care is scheduled before discharge. Nexus Specialty Hospital is also seen as a source of education for other healthcare professionals.

“Wound care is so gratifying,” said Vallery. “It’s the part of nursing you can actually see improvement in your patient. We can see it happening and families can too. It’s amazing how from one day to the next, the wound can be looking much better.”

Nexus Specialty Hospital Nanofiber Surgical Matrix Study
Nexus Specialty Hospital is participating in a study to evaluate the role and efficacy of nanofiber surgical matrix in flap reconstruction of chronic pressure ulcers. The wound care team is collecting data on patients being treated with Restrata® Wound Matrix, developed by Acera Surgical, a soft-tissue repair company.

So far from phase one of the study, the team is seeing great results. The completely artificial graft is being recognized by the body as its own tissue, and therefore, the body granulates the tissue and doesn’t reject it. In fact, the nanofiber surgical matrix promotes angiogenesis (where new blood vessels form) 50% faster than other widely used products.

“We’re seeing a lot of success with this study,” explained Vallery. “We’re looking forward to what results we can report from phase two. Ultimately, this is proving to be a good option for patients with complicated wounds.”

Click to learn more and to review data from phase one of the study.

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