NORMAN - Spider bites, diabetes, trauma – all these things can cause painful wounds that may not heal properly.
Getting patients the treatment they need to heal was the focus of this year’s Wound Care Conference at Norman Regional Hospital.
“The conference attracted more than 100 medical professionals from across Oklahoma and north Texas. Nurses, physicians, physical therapists, long term caregivers and more attended to learn new information to help their patients,” said Tay Sha Howell MD, a physician who spoke at the conference and the medical director of Norman Regional’s Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center.
“It’s important to educate everyone involved with patient care about the new developments in wound care. There are many tools we can use to dramatically improve a patient’s life. Wounds that don’t heal severely impact someone’s quality of life. This is a bigger problem than most realize,” Dr. Howell said.
Dr. Howell is the state’s only board-certified physician in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, the technology used to treat advanced wounds. She is also board-certified in Emergency Medicine.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for many difficult-to-heal wounds. This type of therapy has been proven to improve a patient’s healing and decrease the need for an amputation. Hyperbaric physicians at the center indentify those wound patients that would benefit from this treatment.
Other topics covered in the conference included:
Other presenters included Charles Anderson DPM, Quang Tu MD, and Marcia Davis RN, CWOCN.
Norman Regional hosted the conference to offer new and vital information to health care providers, said Paula Price, RN, director of health promotion and education at the health system.
“We wanted the conference to be a regional resource for healthcare professionals working with patients whose wounds don’t heal,” Price said. “Remarkable outcomes were shared with participants along with advice they can take home and put into practice. We’re so fortunate to have Dr. Howell and the Wound Care Center in our community.”
The sponsors of this year’s conference were the Norman Regional Wound Care Center, Medline Wound Care, KCI, HealthPoint, Advanced Biohealing and Apligraf.