Vim & Vigor - Winter 2011 - Phelps County Regional Medical Center - (Page 51)
“Patients can see an amazing response— sometimes after their first visit. They are almost gleeful when they see the change.”
—Peggie Taylor, PCrMC wound Care nurse
as “bed sores,” can arise when a patient sits or lies in the same position for long periods. “We treated a paraplegic patient with a large pressure ulcer,” Taylor says. “It can normally take years to heal those—very often the wound will deteriorate before it can improve. We have treated the patient for about four months now, using the DermaFuse. His wound was about 17 centimeters by 11 centimeters, and has now shrunk to 2 centimeters by 2 centimeters and continues to improve. In the world of pressure ulcers, that’s almost like magic.”
DELIGHTED BY DRAMATIC PROGRESS
Taylor says she feels blessed to be able to help people heal. Her patients are suddenly seeing dramatic results after facing weeks, months or even years without progress. “Even before the wound has completely healed, patients can see an amazing response— sometimes after their first visit,” Taylor says. “They are almost gleeful when they see the change. Their whole mood lightens and the dark cloud disappears because they can finally see the wound making progress. Sometimes I’m even happier than they are to see them progress.” Taylor’s patients are referred by their primarycare provider—many from Rolla, but extending out to Lebanon, Sullivan and even the Houston area. She encourages patients with stubborn wounds to make an appointment with their physician.
Ven ous sta sis, a slow-circul ation con dition, typ ical ly affe cts the leg s and is the mo st com mon underly ing cau se for chronic wo und s.
Peggie Taylor’s wound care services are available through physician referral. If your wound isn’t getting better, make an appointment with a PCRMC physician by calling 573-364-9000.
Get on the Road to Recovery!
Vim & Vigor • WI N TER 2011
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