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Patients Benefit From Wound Center Expertise
The Wound Center at Lima Memorial offers a multi-disciplinary
panel of experienced physicians and nurses trained in wound care
and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients in need of care for
their chronic, non-healing wounds.
Backed by Wilfred J.G. Ellis, M.D., medical director, the Wound
Center offers advanced technology, including hyperbaric oxygen
therapy with two monoplace chambers on site. They have 24/7
coverage, including emergency and on-call cases. "If we did not
offer 24/7 coverage, our patients would be transferred to Toledo,
Dayton or Columbus; we are the only center in the region to offer
around- the-clock coverage," stated Laura Karhoff, a registered
nurse in the Wound Center.
The registered nurses in the Wound Center are second to none.
They have advanced training in wound care from distinguished
training centers throughout the United States. In addition to their
training and maintaining their competencies, two of the nurses are
certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
"The Wound Center is the most experienced in the area. We are
known state-wide for pioneering the use of hyperbaric oxygen
therapy for wound care and other medical uses," explains Dr. Ellis.
"Only Wright Patterson Air Force Base has more experience
LMHS in HBO therapy."
The Wound Center is equipped to help patients with all types of
- Diabetic wounds
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Venous stasis
- Traumatic and post-op surgical non-healing wounds
The center, located across from the Outpatient Treatment Unit on
the first floor of the Patient Services Building, also handles
emergency cases such as smoke inhalations from fires,
malfunctioning genera- tors or HVAC equipment, suicide attempts and
decompression illness from deep water diving.
If you have a patient with a non-healing wound, the Wound Center
recommends getting a culture of the wound before referring the
patient to the center. This will allow the Wound Center to
determine which antibiotic to use when they see the patient.
Referrals and appointments to the Wound Center can be made by