Wound care and ostomy patients are among the most challenging cases to treat in home healthcare. Risk of infection, quality of life, dignity of the individual, privacy, and independence are just some of the issues this group struggles with. “People can feel alone in what they’re going through,” notes Suzanne Lord, VNASC’s Ostomy and Wound Care Certified Nurse. “Having a nurse who specialized in this area can really help – both technically and emotionally.”
In addition to providing high-level advanced care to our patients, Suzanne’s role is to educate our homecare nurses and act as a resource for them. She organizes in-service trainings at VNASC several times a year, serves as our liaison to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, and is active in the New London Ostomy Association. She is constantly learning about – and educating others about – new technologies and treatments in wound care. “There are so many excellent products and treatments out there that can help, but selecting the right ones takes expertise,” she says. Sue is looking forward to working with Dr. Navin, L+M’s new wound care specialist, to standardize protocols and supplies in a way that will provide a seamless transition for wound care patients from hospital to home.