Patricia Fullwood, of Holyoke, underwent surgery in October 2013. Her wound required nursing intervention due to the complexity of the incision. It was evident that Wound VAC therapy would be needed. With extensive experience with this specialized modality, Porchlight VNA was the perfect choice to oversee the treatment. The dedication and expertise of Porchlight VNA (formerly Chicopee VNA) would ultimately heal the wound and facilitate Patricia’s return to her normal routine.
Porchlight’s Interdisciplinary Services
Porchlight’s experienced registered nurses (RNs) developed a plan for Patricia to heal and recover in her own home.
- Since the Wound VAC would be in-use 24-hours a day, seven days per week, a registered nurse provided regular hands-on training to Patricia on the use of the equipment.
- Specifically, Porchlight’s nurse taught Patricia pain management, positioning and reinforcement of wound dressing.
- Porchlight’s care team remained in constant communication with Patricia’s OB/GYN Gretchen Loebel, MD, at Holyoke Medical Center on the treatment plan.
Outcome: The skills of Porchlight’s nurse, the use of the Wound VAC and patient education reduced the size of the wound until it was completely healed.
In Her Own Words: “What’s odd is that many people don’t know that they have a choice. You do have a choice and I would definitely recommend Porchlight. They were always proactive, not reactive, and always made me feel comfortable and a part of the care. It was as positive experience as it could have been.”