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01/31/2015
By: Jim J.
Highland Village of Fallon
After spending a month in this place in April/May of 2013, I absolutely would not recommend it to anybody, friend or foe. Food is absolutely terrible and hot meals were a rarity and often not on time. Patient care was severely lacking due to lack of quality certified nurse assistants. Patients who needed personal hands on care were not getting the attention they needed. Associates at Banner Churchill Hospital are aware og the situation, but told me that they have no where else to send patients for recovery and therapy. Many complaints have been made to the state in regards to poor health care at this facility. It seems as though the poorer trained CNA's are scheduled to work the midnight shifts when there are less supervisors. Having said all that, I will have to say that there are several very good and highly trained/experienced nurses, CNA's and other staff at this facility. Low pay seems to be a major cause for not attracting quality staff. I truely hope that someone can remedy this situation.
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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