Certified Wound Care Nurse Introduced at John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Massachusetts

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The addition of an on-site specialized wound care certified nurse at John Scott House is another example of the nursing center's ongoing commitment to providing its residents access to the highest standard of care. Wound management has become more complex and intricate, creating an opportunity for long-term care nurses to specialize and focus on assessment, treatment and prevention of infection.

John Scott House announces on-site certified wound care nurse.

“There is an increasing need for post-surgical and complex wound care outside of a hospital setting,” says Kristen Reilly McHugh, administrator of John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Most people will experience a medical wound at some point in his or her life. The most common is an abrasion or an incision, which can easily be treated at home. However, not all wounds heal easily; some require extensive treatments and skilled expertise.

John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group skilled nursing center in Massachusetts, recently announced the certification of Assistant Director of Nursing Services Kim Coneeny, RN, WCC, as a certified Wound Care Nurse. Wound management has become more complex and intricate, creating an opportunity for long-term care nurses to specialize and focus on assessment, treatment and prevention of infection. The Wound Care Certification Examination is sponsored by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO).

“There is an increasing need for post-surgical and complex wound care outside of a hospital setting,” says Kristen Reilly McHugh, administrator of John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. According to Reilly McHugh the addition of an on-site specialized wound care certified nurse is another example of John Scott House’s ongoing commitment to providing its residents access to the highest standard of care.

Experts stress that as people age skin tends to become thinner and loses some of the moisture and tissue support that once made it strong, making them more susceptible to frequent skin tears and breaks. For individuals also impacted by chronic illness or a recent surgery, specialized wound care may be necessary to heal and prevent complications of existing wounds as well as prevent the formation of new wounds.

In addition Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group nursing facilities are partnered with Vohra Wound Physicians (VWP), the premier wound care physician group that provides expert wound and skin care throughout the United States. Vohra certified wound care physicians provide weekly wound rounds and bedside consultations to develop custom-tailored care plans aimed at reducing wound related complications and the need for unnecessary hospitalizations.

“With an aging population and the prevalence of diabetes and peripheral vascular disease in the United States, wound management has become a priority for Welch Group skilled nursing facilities,” says Nancy Zappolo, director of referral and case management for Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group.

Specialized wound care services available include:

  • Comprehensive wound assessments, right at the bedside
  • Treatment regimes tailored to the unique need of each patient
  • Integration of nutritional and rehabilitative strategies to support wound healing
  • Patient and family education on self-care and prevention of infection

Vohra Wound Physicians are available at the following Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group nursing centers:

  • Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Duxbury, MA
  • Brighton House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Brighton, MA
  • Colonial Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Weymouth, MA
  • Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Quincy, MA
  • Harbor House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Hingham, MA
  • John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Braintree, MA

For more than 65 years, Massachusetts based Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group, with communities, located in Braintree, Brighton, Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Quincy and Weymouth, has been providing continuum of care services to seniors and their families who may need housing or care options, including independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, Alzheimer’s care, adult day health or home care services. To learn more visit: http://www.welchhrg.com

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