Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Service

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Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Service at Pender Community Hospital

When patients need specific care related to wounds, ostomy, or continence (WOC), they can depend on Pender Community Hospital WOC services for their healthcare needs. We have a certified WOC nurse on staff, ensuring our patients receive the best care possible. 

What is WOC Care
Our WOC care nurse, under the direction of the medical providers, offers treatment options to help heal chronic and non-healing wounds, providing doctors and nurses with a proven resource focusing on positive outcomes for their patients.

This type of specialized nursing care focuses on treating chronic wounds, ostomy, or continence conditions, issues, and disorders that patients are unable to manage and care for on their own.  These are wounds that have not significantly improved during the course of conventional treatment. 

Patients of all ages—from infants to adults, children and the elderly—may require this type of care at any point in their lives. 

More About WOC Care 
The philosophy behind WOC is that it’s imperative a patient’s wound is properly dressed, cleaned and protected. This is critical in the success of a wound properly healing, which is why it’s not only important for patients to keep their scheduled appointments with the WOC department, but properly manage their own care at home.  

We offer individualized education and training to our patients—along with their caregivers—to help speed up the healing process. Our structured program also helps prevent recurrences.

How We Can Help
The WOC services at PCH can help with a variety of health conditions such as: 

  • Abscesses
  • Arterial and venous leg ulcers
  • Burns
  • Diabetic and neuropathic foot ulcers
  • Incontinence-associated dermatitis
  • Ostomy care
  • Pressure injuries
  • Radiation injuries
  • Skin breakdown
  • Skin tears or lacerations
  • Surgical incisions and slow or nonhealing surgical wounds
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Vascular wounds

To help with these conditions, examples of the treatments we offer include:
 

  • Bio-engineered Tissue Substitutes
  • Advanced Wound Dressings
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Wound Vac Therapy
  • Advanced Education & Instruction  
  • If you or someone you’re caring for is in need of WOC care, contact to your primary care provider at 402-385-3033 to get a referral. Most WOC services are covered by insurance and require a healthcare provider’s referral.