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New FCHC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center to Open in June Date Posted: 6/1/2015

Area patients with chronic wound problems will soon benefit from our new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center opening in June on the ground floor in Suite G-03 of the FCHC Medical Office Building.  The new Wound Care Center will include a comfortable waiting room for patients and visitors, four treatment rooms, and a large room that will house a hyperbaric chamber. Munier Nazzal, MD, and FCHC Vascular Surgeon, has been named the Medical Director of the Wound Care Center.  Karen Bauer, NP, Nurse Practitioner is the Unit Coordinator.  She also operates a Wound Care Clinic at the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC).


“The Food & Drug Administration has approved 37 types of infections that can be treated by the Wound Care Clinic,” says Bauer. “Probably the two most common we will see are diabetic foot ulcers and recalcitrant bone infections caused by skin ulcers.” Bauer says common treatments for wounds include topical therapies, such as skin substitutes and debridement of wounds. “We try to manage the infection so the wound will heal.”


One of the unique treatment methods that will be used is a large hyperbaric chamber -- a large clear tube filled with 100% oxygen. Patients will be placed on a cot in the chamber five days a week for 90 minutes each day. “The 100% oxygen helps to heal tissues while also killing bacteria in the wound,” says Bauer. The hyperbaric chamber will only be applicable to specific patients based on their type of wounds. “The majority of our patients will undergo topical skin treatments for wound care,” says Bauer.


Inpatients at FCHC will also benefit by a visit from Wound Care Center staff. They can visit the outpatient Wound Care Center upon discharge. “We are also contacting home health care agencies to make them aware of our services for their clients,” says Bauer. “The goal is to produce a seamless wound care network to serve patients in the hospital, at home or at our clinic. Plus, we plan to reach out to the communities we serve with educational programs about wound care.”


The FCHC Medical Office Building is located on the main campus of Fulton County Health Center at 725. S. Shoop. Ave in Wauseon.  Patients should contact their primary care physician for a referral to the FCHC Wound Care Clinic.  For more information about the FCHC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, call 419-337-7832.