ORANGE CITY – Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has recently installed new flat-screen televisions in the exam rooms of the Wound Care Center. The Orange City hospital’s Foundation paid the $1,300 for four new televisions to enhance patients’ care.
“For most of us, when we cut our finger or stub our toe, it’s a minor annoyance that causes us to simply wrap an adhesive bandage around it and complain about it for a day or two until it starts healing,” said Pam Harkrider, Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Program Director at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. “But for those with slow-healing wounds, these wounds can be more than an annoyance; they can be limb- or life-threatening.”
For those patients with slow-healing wounds, perhaps due to a weakened immune system or poor circulation, the services at the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Wound Care Center can be necessary. Thomas Tero of Deltona was one such patient.
“My leg was rotting away,” Tero said. “I was afraid I was going to lose it.”
Godson Oguchi, MD, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Wound Care Center Medical Director, told Tero that years of ulcers on his calf had compromised the integrity of his skin and muscle tissue and that he had almost no blood flow in his damaged leg; an amputation of the leg seemed highly likely.
But thanks to a regimen of debridement – a surgical procedure where dead tissue is removed – as well as antibiotics and 60 treatments in the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Wound Care Center’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment chamber, Tero is still standing on two good legs. He credits not only Dr. Oguchi, but the rest of the Wound Care staff for their skilled, compassionate care.
While Tero is very appreciative of his care, the procedures to treat slow-healing wounds like his can be both time-consuming and painful. During debridement, specially-trained wound care nurses painstakingly clean and dress wounds, taking care to be as gentle as possible. It is a delicate process and can be time-consuming process, which in turn, can cause anxiety for patients.
“We wanted to help ease their fear or anxiety about their treatment,” said Debi McNabb, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Foundation and Marketing Director. “We hope the flat-screen televisions in our examination and treatment rooms help enhance our patients’ experiences.”
“The patients are so happy to have something to view during procedures without having to look at their wound,” said Pam Harkrider, Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Program Director at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. “The new TVs help provide a diversion for patients’ comfort.”
The installation of these televisions comes on the heels of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center receipt of the 2012 Center of Distinction award from Healogics, Inc., one of the nation’s leading wound care management companies. This award recognizes Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes for the past 12 months.
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is Chest Pain Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.
Dr. Clarence Scott, Internal Medicine physician at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, smiles with his patient, Judith Moss of DeLand. Moss has been coming to the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center for more than a month to treat ulcers on her legs. She said the new televisions have greatly improved her experience.