St. Martin Wound Care Center Makes Advancements


Kathleen Clark | Director of Patient Clinics 

St. Martin Hospital (SMH) Wound Care Center is proud to announce the first successful application of PuraPly, an advanced tissue graft which is clinically proven to accelerate the healing of wounds. 

Kerry Thibodeaux, M.D. Medical Director of St. Martin Hospital Wound Care Center, applied Puraply to three different wounds on a patient who experienced neuropathy and burns on his feet. His wounds were not healing after four weeks of conventional therapy. Upon his return visit, one week after application, two of the wounds completely healed, while the third was reduced in size by 30 percent.

The next step for the patient is to have another application to the remaining wound with a follow up check up in seven days. This patient is eligible for eight more applications but Dr. Thibodeaux expects him to only need one based on the effective results PuraPly had on his previous wounds.

“I am currently involved in a clinical trials study at another center to judge the efficacy and economic value of these products and we have already seen significant results in rapid wound healing, as proved by the results of PuraPly’s application to this patient,” said Dr. Thibodeaux. 

He adds, “Partnership with St. Martin Hospital allows us to bring this advanced wound care technology to the people in this community and surrounding areas.  Additionally, there are economic advantages to having the hospital here.”

Some of the wounds which can be treated using PuraPly are venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, chronic vascular ulcers, tunneled/undermined wounds, trauma wounds, including abrasions, lacerations, skin tears and second-degree burns. Surgical wounds, including wound dehiscence, podiatric, post laser surgery and donor sites/grafts can also be treated.

“Any patient with a wound that has not healed after being treated for 4 weeks may be eligible for this technology,” Dr. Thibodeaux states.

SMH opened the Wound Care Center in response to patients’ needs. This furthers the commitment Lafayette General Health made to SMH patients and the surrounding communities, by bringing quality care close to home. 

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