Wound care, close to home in Boscobel
'A huge benefit'
Registered nurse Teri Miles knows how devastating hard-to-heal wounds can be for patients.
"They can make someone's life mentally and physically challenging," Teri says. When patients need to travel for treatment, the obstacles mount.
To help more patients receive care closer to home, Teri became certified in wound care in 2012 and is an integral part of providing that care at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics.
"Having wound care in a small community is a huge benefit," she says. "Patients are able to come in, be assessed and have a care plan developed, all without leaving town."
Teri is specially trained in understanding how and why wounds form and how to heal them.
"It's not just the skin," Teri says. "Often, there are factors within the body causing the problem. Wounds are usually related to chronic diseases like diabetes."
To treat the wound—and the condition it stems from—Teri collaborates with primary care providers and specialists in Boscobel and throughout the Tri-state Region.
"It's truly a care team," Teri says.
Wound treatments in Boscobel include debridement, topical antibiotics and antiseptic, medical-grade honey therapy, compression wraps, specialty dressings, wound care nutrition counseling, wound vac, surgical options and more.
Some wounds can take months to heal. It's important to be patient and do what you can to help your wound heal faster and prevent setbacks.
- Follow your doctor's recommendations.
- Keep your wound covered to protect against dirt and bacteria.
- Keep the dressing dry.
- Change dressings as instructed.
- Clean your wound with a mild soap and water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or over-thecounter antiseptic, antibiotic ointment or antibacterial soap unless instructed by your doctor.
- Eat nutritious foods for healthy skin and better wound healing.
To learn more about wound care at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics talk to your primary care provider or call (608) 375-4112.