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Interview with Teresa Wilson, Programming Director of the Mt. Nittany Medical Center's Center for Wound Care

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Medical Minute: 2:38

Dave Kurten:  The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”.  Our guest today is Teresa Wilson, Programming Director of the Mt. Nittany Medical Center’s Center for Wound Care.  Thank you for spending some time with us today.

Teresa Wilson:  Thank, Dave.  I brought with me today our Clinical Coordinator, Jessica Newlan.  Jess is going to help us answer some of these questions.

Dave Kurten:  OK, let’s start off with – who can benefit from the services provided at the Center for Wound Care?

Teresa Wilson: That would be anyone who has a wound associated with diabetes, vein disease, poor circulation, or immobility leading to pressure sores.  We also treat: burns, traumatic injuries, or even insect bites that don’t heal, a wound that’s not healing after surgery and that could be a wound from a C-section or an orthopedic surgery, a wound that you can’t see from the outside but that we would treat would be from late effects from radiation therapy, this could be from pelvis or prostate cancer symptoms may include frequent urination or bowel movements which could be painful.  We would also work to prevent jaw bone damage from radiation therapy from cancer of the head and neck.

Dave Kurten:  Now what types of treatments are provided at the Center for Wound Care?

Jessica Newlan:  We use the most advanced therapies for healing, such as bioengineered skin substitutes and negative pressure wound therapy.  Also, we use the disease management patient education approach to healing wounds by addressing the underlying problems of problematic wounds.  For example, Venus Disease, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise or even ill-fitting shoes, all to help reduce the chance of recurrence.

Dave Kurten:  Tell us a little bit about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Jessica Newlan:  You breathe 100% pure oxygen while in a pressurized chamber.  The oxygen goes through the blood stream and the wound bed to rapidly accelerate healing and stimulate growth of new blood vessels, to improve circulation and fight infection.

Dave Kurten:  How long does it typically take a wound to heal?

Teresa Wilson:  It depends on the type of wound and the treatments provided.  On average, wounds treated at the Mt. Nittany Center for Wound Care heal within 24 days.

Dave Kurten:  Now wounds that take a long time to heal could be signs of other problems, correct?

Teresa Wilson:  That’s correct.

Dave Kurten:  Where can community members get more information?

Teresa Wilson:  At the Mt. Nittany website, that’s mountnittany.org, or they can call us directly at 814-231-7868.  

Dave Kurten:  Our guests today have been Teresa Wilson, Programming Director of the Mt. Nittany Medical Center’s Center for Wound Care and Jessica Newlan, Clinical Coordinator.  Thanks for spending some time with us today!

Jessica Newlan:  Thank you. 

Teresa Wilson:  Thanks for having us.

Dave Kurten:  The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”. 

 

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