Wound Care Specialist Eases Patients Toward Healing

Gunda Fisher, nurse specialist, provides state-of-the-art care

By Robin Earl

Being in the hospital can be stressful, no matter what the reason, but if a patient is also dealing with some kind of painful and persistent wound at the same time, it can be twice as difficult. That’s why when a patient with a wound is admitted to Fauquier Hospital, the admitting physician will often call in Fauquier Health’s wound care nurse specialist, Gunda Fisher, RN, WCC. She follows patients from admittance to discharge, making sure they are receiving the wound treatment they need and that pain associated with the wound is being addressed. She provides discharge coordination and instructions so that they can continue to heal after they leave the hospital.

Fisher began with Fauquier Health in 2002 as a nurse with Fauquier Health Home Health Services. Her interest in wound healing led her to join the team at the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center when it opened in 2009.

Her training for that position, with National Healing (provider of wound and disease management solutions for hospitals), prepared the way for her new position, and she has since earned her Wound Care Certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. Fisher provides consultations for state-of-the art wound care. “I am a resource for staff and physicians.”

In the hospital setting, one of her important roles is to prevent pressure ulcers (bedsores). “I can help identify patients who may be at risk for pressure ulcers and work to prevent them.” Fisher clarified that not all wounds are pressure ulcers. Wounds can form as a result of diabetes, infection, vascular conditions (venous or arterial complications, or both); trauma and many other causes. “It is important to identify the cause in order to decide the best treatment.”

Dr. Fareed Siddiqui, chairman of Hospitalist Medicine, said, “Assessment and treatment of acute and chronic ulcers have shown to decrease morbidity, infection and length of stay in the hospital. It also improves quality of life. Having a nurse focused on wound care helps in early recognition and assessment of wounds and to implement appropriate strategies to prevent wound progression and enhance wound healing.

“A wound care nurse can also support the bedside nurse in risk assessment and review of risk factors like immobility, shear, moisture, incontinence and malnutrition. They can help in preventative interventions like frequent turning and repositioning.”

Local Primary Care Physicians Offer Flu Vaccine

Flu season is fast approaching, and the flu vaccine is the best way to avoid getting sick. Piedmont Internal Medicine and Fauquier Health Family Practice in Bealeton are offering flu vaccine at a self-pay cost of $25. Family Practice in Bealeton is also offering a high dose vaccine for the self-pay price of $60. Both offices are accepting new patients

Piedmont Internal Medicine is open Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at (540) 347-4200. No appointment is necessary for flu shots.

Family Practice in Bealeton is open Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments for flu shots are not required, but may reduce wait times.

 

Lecture on Stroke and TIA at Fauquier Hospital

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the number-one cause of long-term disability in America. In a lecture at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 8 in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital, neurologist Rana Kayal, M.D. will explain the difference between a TIA and stroke and the signs and symptoms of both. In addition, she will discuss the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options available and what you should do if you think you are having a TIA or stroke.

 

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