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11/30/2013
By: cara.johnson.73
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
Some of the nursing staff and doctors were excellent. That being said, 4 out of 5 were terrible. I got the runaround several times. When I asked questions, I got several completely different answers from different staff. Half the time when I asked for pain medication the doctor had ordered, the nurses would bring something completely different and try to give it to me without telling me what it was. I had an appendectomy and was really sore. They refused to give me my birth control pills so after surgery I also got terrible cramps and my period from my cycle being messed up. I asked why and got about 4 different answers until finally someone came clean and admitted it was because its a catholic hospital. I had several panic attacks when I was there. On the day of my discharge, I was voicing my concerns to the "doctor." He sat there and stared at me. When I started crying, he got up and walked out of the room.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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