HCMC Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine adds Moleculight Imaging

CUTLINE – Pictured is Dr. Lindsay Foust with the new Moleculight device now available at the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Paris, TN – The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is excited to announce a new imaging device that helps identify bacteria in wounds faster and easier. HCMC is one of the few hospitals that offer this procedure in this area.

The Moleculight is a hand-held device that takes an image of the wound using fluorescent light.  The fluorescent light will indicate to the wound care specialist when a significant number of bacteria is in the wound and if immediate removal of the bacteria can be performed.

“The Moleculight is pain-free and can instantly detect bacteria that are preventing a wound from healing,” said Dr. Lindsay Foust, podiatrist and Medical Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.  “This device helps our providers know where to debride the wound and if a different type of advanced wound care treatment is needed.  Most importantly, using this device can help wounds heal by getting the patient the treatment they need faster than waiting on laboratory testing.”

Fluorescence Imaging with the Moleculight device can also help identify problems with patients who are at high risk for infections or do not respond normally to infections due to other medical conditions.

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine offers care by Lindsay Foust, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine; Alicia Gibson, NP; and Sonya Clark, Certified Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurse.  Together, with their experienced team, they are dedicated to a mission of healing.

Wounds can be difficult to heal and the longer it is open the more complications you can have. Our clinic provides treatments for multiple types of problems including burns, wounds caused from diabetes or poor circulation, bedsores, surgical incisions that are not healing, and traumatic or chronic wounds.  We offer advanced treatments such as negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, multi-layer compression wraps, and skin grafts, along with many types of dressings which can help you heal.

Services offered at the Center also include ostomy and fistula management.  Patients living at home with a colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, or fistula may have problems or need assistance with their pouching devices. We offer education, evaluation, and different pouching options for patients with a variety of ostomy needs including high output devices or convexity. Learning to live with an ostomy can be difficult for a patient and their family.  Our goal is to find the right pouch for you and care for skin care problems so you can manage your ostomy at home.

Nearly 6.5 million Americans have non-healing wounds because of diabetes, pressure ulcers, circulatory problems, or other injuries. Unlike normal wounds that your body can heal, chronic or traumatic wounds may show no signs of healing over a period of several weeks. If you have a wound that is not healing, the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine can help you. Our experts offer a comprehensive program to help patients who suffer with non-healing wounds.

For more information, call 731-644-8208 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.