Each year, thousands of patients are discharged from the hospital with slow-healing surgical wounds. Others suffering from chronic conditions, like diabetes, often have wounds or open sores that don't heal easily. To prevent infections and other serious complications once a patient has left the hospital, getting proper wound care at home is critical.
At South County Home Health, we aim to provide the highest level of wound care for our patients. A certified wound care nurse will work closely with you and your home health care nursing team to establish a treatment plan that's right for you.
While specific treatments vary by patient, our certified wound care nurses can provide the following wound-care services:
Julie Kovach, RN, BSN, CCP, ICCM, OMS, is certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO). Julie is first nurse in Washington County to complete this certification. She has been a nurse for nearly 30 years and spent the last decade with South County Home Health.
Ostomy refers to a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of bodily wastes. Annually, there are 120,000 ostomy surgeries in the United States and complications are likely to follow these procedures. Research shows that successful adjustment to a colostomy and proper instruction in self-care with the support of a specialized ostomy clinician goes hand-in-hand with improved quality of life and comfort surrounding their condition.
Controlling your diabetes directly affects your wound healing. Your nurse can assist you with managing your diabetes. A nutritionist is also available for diabetic education.