Westfield — Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services recently added a certified wound care program to complement its home health care services for patients in Westfield, Southwick, Springfield, and beyond. It is the only local Visiting Nurse with a team of registered nurses certified in wound care and trained in the treatment and prevention of chronic wounds.
“Noble’s wound care program is unique in that we have a team of certified RNs who focus solely on wound care and use digital imaging,” said David Mol, executive director of Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services. Patients who benefit from wound care include those with diabetes, pressure ulcers, burns, surgical incisions, and more. Wound care certification, which includes completing two years of clinical work and passing a national test, provides added credentials beyond licensure to ensure that the health care practitioner has specialized knowledge in the treatment of wounds.
Noble Visiting Nurse takes a multi-disciplinary approach to wound care, working closely with a patient’s primary care physician and other health care professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. “Sharing weekly digital images and wound assessment with the patient’s physician allows for a more concise treatment plan,” says Mol. This continual evaluation of the healing process provides a level of care that was previously available only through an inpatient setting or daily trips to an outpatient clinic. “Through digital imaging, physicians now have the ability to see what our Certified Wound Nurses see, enabling patients to receive the highest quality of home care possible,” said Mol.
Currently, the Noble Visiting Nurse Wound Care Program treats between 20 and 25 patients per week, with room for growth. Physicians and health care professionals can find out more about the program or make a referral by calling 1-413-562-7049.