Most patients with chronic wounds have an underlying serious illness that prevents them from healing properly. When patients visit the wound care center at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate, there is often a more complex condition involved. Some patients have cancer or diabetes, and many have suffered with chronic wounds for months or years.
“Each patient comes to us with a unique case,” said Cynthia Dowd, RN. “Every patient’s treatment plan is based on a customized approach to care.”
Wound care requires specialized materials for healing, such as skin substitutes. According to Dowd, it’s just as important to treat the underlying issue as it is the wound. The wound care team focuses on the whole patient. The staff gets to know patients as individuals, including their personal challenges.
Dowd has worked with Bon Secours for 27 years. She started as an ER and ICU nurse to take care of surgical wounds, and later became an educator on wound care. The Wound Care Center at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate began 12 years ago and serves patients on an outpatient and inpatient basis.
“When we heal wounds, we decrease pain and increase movement,” said Dowd. “Sometimes we get them out of a wheelchair. We do whatever it takes to help them get back to their life.”