This article appeared in our Spring 2013 Update publication.
With an increase in conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and peripheral artery disease, more and more people are suffering from wounds that don’t heal well.
Gifford podiatrists and general surgery staff already offer help with wound care, but now Gifford is launching a special mobile wound care clinic for the convenience of patients.
Registered nurse Jan Giles is leading the effort. She is specially certified in both wound care and diabetic wound care. Jan is now seeing patients in Gifford’s general surgery office and at all Gifford health centers for the convenience of patients.
Jan’s wound care help includes monitoring wounds, applying dressings, utilizing compression as appropriate, referring patients to a health care provider for additional care, and working with home health care agencies to coordinate proper wound care at home.
“This is what I’ve wanted to do for years,” says Jan. “I think it’s an art and a science, and I really enjoy the challenge of it.”
Diabetic foot ulcers and venous stasis ulcers are the most common chronic wounds. Wounds can also occur following an injury or surgery.
A key to wound healing success is seeking treatment early, Jan notes.
To schedule an appointment with Jan in the wound care clinic, call 728-2777.