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News Room: St. Elizabeth Wound Centers Earn National Accreditation

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Ft. Thomas, KY—
St. Elizabeth Wound Care Centers in Ft. Thomas and Covington have received national accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), becoming the first to receive the distinction in the state of Kentucky.

High performance standards are required for accreditation and only a little more than 100 Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) centers in the U.S. have achieved accreditation. A team of experts (physicians, nurses and technicians) visited each center and examined in rigorous detail the facility, staffing, training, equipment, equipment installation, operations, maintenance, patient safety, and daily patient care. The survey explored every aspect of operating a hyperbaric center.

“There’s a very good reason to get this national accreditation,” says Dr. Patrick Birrer, Medical Director for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. “In wound care centers with UHMS accreditation, the patient can be reassured that the center has gone the extra mile to deliver superior care and results. At St. Elizabeth, this indicates that we have invested considerable time, effort and resources into our award-winning wound care program to improve patient outcomes.”

Lead by Dr. Birrer, the St. Elizabeth wound care centers feature two certified hyperbaric registered nurses and four certified hyperbaric technologists. In addition, Covington has three HBO chambers and Ft. Thomas has two HBO chambers.

“It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital and medical staff,” says Tom Saalfeld, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Ft. Thomas and Covington. “Together, we are able to heal patients in our community and get them back to living happy, healthy lives.”

Nearly 6.5 million Americans have non-healing wounds because of diabetes, pressure ulcers, circulatory problems, or other injuries. Unlike normal wounds that the body can heal, chronic or traumatic open wounds that show no significant signs of healing over several weeks need treatment at accredited wound care centers. The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society is a complimentary accrediting body of The Joint Commission.

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