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Recent In-Service Training Event

In a recent in-service training at Sanfield Nursing Home in Hartland, Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) Podiatrist James Fullwood, Jr., DPM, kept nursing and ancillary staff engaged with his compelling presentation on wound care or, as he puts it, “preventing wounds from becoming amputations.”

“Save a limb, safe a life,” Dr. Fullwood stated emphatically. “Amputation prevention has changed so much in the past few years, and the technology and science behind wound care is always evolving.” Dr. Fullwood emphasized that each patient and every wound is unique, which is why it is important to “create an environment where patients can heal themselves.”

Dr. Fullwood’s educational presentation consisted of a slideshow that detailed the challenges of treating wounds that result from diabetes and circulatory diseases. With case studies of wound treatments from his career, Dr. Fullwood stressed the importance of treating the whole patient rather than the wound, and he provided instruction on how nursing staff can perform a podiatric exam. He also underscored the importance of nurses acting as advocates for their patients and the importance of referring to specialists who support the goal of avoiding amputation.

Assisted by his medical assistant Tammy Basford, CMA, Dr. Fullwood instructed staff in attendance on the proper way to apply an Unna boot (a compression dressing usually made of cotton that contains zinc oxide paste), provided information on the best medical interventions for wound care, and offered practical insights on treating wounds as simple as bug bites or cuts from walking outside from developing into serious problems for elderly patients.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Yarbrough at 487.4000. Accredited by the Joint Commission, SVH comprises a progressive 25-bed, critical access hospital and a wide range of outpatient services throughout the region. SVH is a member of Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS).

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