Program Description

Program Mission: Holistic approach to prevention, intervention and long-term management of wounds.

Vision: Individuals with slow healing or non-healing wounds have adequate healing while maintaining the functional ability to transition to a less intensive setting and improved quality of life and comfort. Family members and caregivers have the ability to care for wounds and prevent recurrence due to the highly effective, multidisciplinary hands-on education provided.

Each patient in the wound program has an individually tailored rehabilitation program aimed at helping him or her gain as high a level of functional independence as possible. The following are characteristics of Madonna's Wound Program that make it unique.

Clinical Expertise: Madonna's nurses and therapists have received extra training regarding wound care. The Program Leader is an individual with special certification as a Wound/Ostomy Nurse. Madonna patients are seen regularly by a community physician or their assistant on a regular basis for inspection of the wound and adjustment to treatment plan as necessary.

Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach: Madonna's trans-disciplinary approach involves different disciplines all working toward common goals that are based upon those things that are most important to the person served, maximizing the patient's chances of successful return to home and community. The interdisciplinary team is made up of:

  • Internal Medicine Physician, who rounds daily
  • Physiatrist consults as needed
  • Wound Physicians round weekly
  • Rehabilitation nurses with special training in wound care
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical, Occupation, Respiratory, Speech and Recreational Therapists
  • Neuropsychologist or Rehabilitation Psychologist
  • Nutrition Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Spiritual Care

Environment: Once your wound is healed, and your doctor allows to you to begin to be out of bed, Madonna offers the following services to help prevent further skin breakdown.

Madonna's environment affords individuals with many opportunities to interact and support one another, whether it is in the spacious gym area during therapy, sharing a meal in the congregate dining area, or participating in a leisure activity outside in one of many garden areas. Madonna is the only facility in the region to have a simulated community, called Independence Square, where patients may practice real life tasks such as grocery shopping, banking, climbing up and down from a tractor, or going to a movie theater. A teaching kitchen with a variety of adaptive equipment is available for patients to learn how to prepare simple meals in preparation for returning home.

Pressure Mapping: An electronic method for measuring the amount of pressure on the skin when seated or placed in various positions. The information helps professionals find the proper type of seating system and cushion, and also provides valuable feedback to the patient regarding how effective their weight shifting activities are.

Wheelchair Seating Evaluation: For individuals who rely on a wheelchair for mobility, having a chair that fits properly is key to prevention of pressure ulcers. Weight loss or gain, loss of physical strength and mobility, and other factors can change how the wheelchair fits, and put individuals at risk for development of wounds. Therefore, wheelchair seating assessment is a key component to the wound program for many individuals.

For more information about Madonna’s Wound Program, contact Annie O’Campo, BSN, RN, CWOCN, DAPWCA, Program Leader at (402) 486-9052 or aocampo@madonna.org.

 
 
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 413-3000
Toll-Free: (800) 676-5448