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New Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Up & Running Date Posted: 8/28/2015

FCHC’s new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, which opened in June, has been quite busy caring for both outpatients and inpatients. The facility is located on the ground floor of the FCHC Medical Office Building. The facility is led by Munier Nazzal, MD, FACS, FACCWS, Medical Director, Board Certified General and Vascular Surgeon, Board Certified Clinical Wound Specialist. Karen Bauer, CNP, CWS,  CHRN, Program  Director, Nurse Practitioner/Wound Specialist, says the Wound Care Center is operating as a full-service facility.

“We’re fully taking care of patients in the Fulton County area who have chronic wounds by integrating our care,” says Bauer. “Our comprehensive wound care includes working with patients at Fulton County Health Center, visiting area nursing facilities to check on patients with wound problems, and working with area home health care agencies to identify and care for patients in their homes.” The FCHC Wound Care staff has also conducted educational seminars at FCHC, area nursing facilities, as well as local restaurants to help the public understand more about the options for wound care. “Our care is not fragmented where we treat a patient a few times and never see him or her again,” says Bauer. “Our care is comprehensive, so we may treat a patient while they are an inpatient at FCHC, follow them to a local nursing facility, and then continue to care for them in their home. There is no other full-service wound care clinic in Fulton County.”

By mid-September the Wound Care Center’s Hyperbaric Chamber will be operational and will be added to the mix to treat patients. The Hyperbaric Chamber is a large, clear acrylic tube that is pressurized with 100% oxygen. Patients will lie comfortably on a stretcher in the chamber in 90-minute intervals, once a day for typically five days a week. The 100% pressurized oxygen helps to heal tissue while also increasing the body’s metabolism and ability to fight infection. The Hyperbaric Chamber will only be applicable to specific patients based on their type of wounds. Bauer says these are patients with non-healing diabetic foot ulcers, bone infections, and tissue damage from radiation therapy. “The majority of our patients will undergo comprehensive therapy with dressings and other modalities for wound care,” says Bauer. “Our goal is to provide multi-disciplinary care to ensure optimal healing.”

The FCHC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center includes a comfortable waiting room, four treatment rooms, and a large room that houses the Hyperbaric Chamber. Munier Nazzal, MD, FCHC Vascular Surgeon, is the Medical Director. In addition to Dr. Nazzal and Program Director Karen Bauer, the facility has five other staff members: a safety director and technician in the Hyperbaric Chamber room, a lead nurse, wound care trained medical assistant, and a registration/precertification staff member.

The FCHC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is located in the FCHC Medical Office Building, suite G-03 on the Health Center’s main campus at 725 South Shoop Avenue in Wauseon.  Patients should contact their primary care physician for a referral to the FCHC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. For more information about the Center, call 419-337-7832.