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Interview with Mount Nittany Medical Center's clinical coordinator, Jessica Newlen

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Medical Minute; 2:38

"Announcer:  The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center – Mount Nittany Life Forward. Our guest today is Teresa Wilson, program director of the Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Center for Wound Care. Thank you for spending some time with us today.

Teresa Wilson:  Thanks, Dave. I brought with me today our clinical coordinator, Jessica Newlen. Jess is going to help us answer some of these questions.

Announcer:  Okay, 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 would 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 from an orthopedic surgery – a wound that you wouldn’t see on the outside but that we would treat would be from late effects of radiation therapy – this could be from pelvic or prostate cancer symptoms, may include frequent urination or bowel movements, which could be painful. We would also work to prevent jawbone damage from radiation therapy from cancer of the head and neck.

Announcer:  And what types of treatments are provided at the Center for Wound Care?

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

Announcer:  Tell us a little bit about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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

Announcer:  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 Mount Nittany Center for Wound Care heal within 24 days.

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

Teresa Wilson:  That’s correct.

Announcer:  Where can community members get more information?

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

Announcer:  Our guests today have been Teresa Wilson, program director of the Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Center for Wound Care and Jessica Newlen, clinical coordinator. Thanks for spending some time with us today!

Jessica Newlen:  Thank you. 

Teresa Wilson:  Thanks for having us.

The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center – Mount Nittany Life Forward."  

 

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