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FCHC Wound Care Center Continues to Grow Date Posted: 5/16/2016

FCHC’s new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, which opened in June 2015, has been busy treating patients! Located on the ground floor of the FCHC Medical Office Building, the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is led by Medical Director Munier Nazzal, MD, FACS, FACCWS, Board Certified General and Vascular Surgeon, Board Certified Clinical Wound Specialist. The Program Director is Karen Bauer, CNP, CWS, CHRN, Nurse Practitioner/Wound Specialist.


“We’ve been operating for just about a year, and quite quickly we moved from planning what we wanted to do for patients to actually treating them and achieving quality outcomes,” says Bauer.  “There is a definite need for our services, as is evidenced by the more than 245 patients that we have served.”


Last September the Wound Care Center’s first hyperbaric chamber became operational and was added to the treatment options for patients. Demand was so high that FCHC added a second hyperbaric chamber on April 2. The two chambers are large, clear acrylic tubes pressurized with 100% oxygen. Patients 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 that many of these patients have 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 topical modalities for wound care,” says Bauer. The increased volume of patients has given the wound care center even greater access to more advanced topical therapies. “Our goal is to provide multi-disciplinary care to ensure optimal healing, and the second hyperbaric chamber we’ve added along with more advanced topical treatments have allowed us to do that,” says Bauer.


The wound care center offers comprehensive care for patients at FCHC and area nursing facilities along with patients of home health care agencies. “Our care is comprehensive, so we may treat a patient at FCHC, follow them to a local nursing facility, and then continue their care in their home,” says Bauer. Wound care treatment is covered by most health insurance providers.


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


Patients should contact their primary care physician for a referral to the FCHC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. For more information, call 419-337-7832.