Wound center earns gold seal

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HUNTINGBURG — Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s Wound Care Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its wound care program by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. It becomes the first center in Indiana to be certified by the commission.

Staff at the Wound Care Center underwent an on-site review in June with a commission expert evaluating the program for compliance in standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The commission’s disease-specific care certification program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

The Wound Care Center, at 507 E. 19th St., has a team of physicians and nurses specialized in wound care who work together to provide holistic treatment for healing wounds. The team works toward rapid healing and prevention through a program that includes assessment to determine the cause and appropriate plan of action, evaluation of contributing factors and education of proper wound care and prevention techniques. A physician’s referral is not required.

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