| Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche
OB/GYN surgeon Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche lives on the edge. Running in Iron Man and Triathlon competitions was just another day at the office. But facing the possibility of losing her foot meant an even greater challenge. Read how Saint Thomas Health Wound Care Centers made a difference:
Statistics show a tremendous need for wound care treatment. Each year, approximately five million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and many other conditions.
Compelling Statistics include:
- 1.5 million people who will suffer from chronic wounds have diabetic ulcers
- 2.5 million people have pressure ulcers
- 1 million people have venous stasis (circulatory) ulcers
- 15 percent of all diabetics will develop chronic wounds
- Patients with diabetes have a 15-fold increase in the risk of amputation and approximately 60,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year
But there is hope. Studies have shown that wound care treatment has reduced amputation rates significantly and reduced the length of hospital stays by 24 percent. The American Diabetes Association estimates that diabetes-related amputation could be reduced by 50 percent if patients were routinely tested for neuropathy, educated to prevent injury or complications and provided related ancillary services.
Wound Care at Saint Thomas Health
The Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Center for Advanced Wound Care has been a valuable middle Tennessee resource since 2006. We were proud to open The Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in April of 2013. The centers house the latest technology in hyperbaric oxygen treatment and have the most advanced hyperbaric chambers in a five-state region.
The health care team at our facilities includes:
- Physicians specially trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine
- Certified wound care nurses
- Highly trained clinical hyperbaric managers and staff
- Health care educators
- Administrative Staff
Let our team of wound care Specialists work with you and your physician to focus on the wound and get you healed and back to life before the wound.
Types of Wounds Treated
Fortunately, our wound care centers have proven highly effective in facilitating the healing process. Our staff specializes in the treatment of acute and
chronic non-healing wounds such as:
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic foot and Neuropathic ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Peristomal skin irritations
- Other chronic, non-healing wounds
We utilize the newest clinical tools in wound healing, including a state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber that utilizes pure oxygen to speed up the healing process. Our health care team includes physicians specially trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine and certified wound care nurses. We also provide nutritional assessment and counseling, diabetic teaching, patient and caregiver counseling, pain management and therapy services.
Patient care utilizes the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices. Care will also focus on a whole body approach to wound healing including:
- Nutritional assessment and counseling
- Diabetic teaching
- Patient and caregiver counseling
- Pain management
- Special needs for pressure relief including beds, seat cushions and footwear
- Therapy services