HOUSTON – In the fourth and final part of our Black History Month series highlighting Black-owned businesses throughout the Houston area. FOX 26’s Gabby Hart spotlights a local nurse who saw a problem in the home care profession and offered a service to solve it.
Once the pandemic started, nurses were overwhelmed and started leaving hospitals for home care positions, but a longtime home care nurse says many of them have not received the appropriate resources to treat critical wounds.
Brianna Guillory is a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who has worked in healthcare for over 10 years, she spent several years doing home care, and since COVID-19 hit she has seen an increase significant number of nurses moving to that area.
“There are too many patients, not enough hospital beds and therefore there are nurses leaving the hospital,” Guillory said.
She says that before the pandemic, nurses had to have 1-2 years of experience to get into home health care, but now, with high demand and a shortage of nurses, she has seen nurses accepted as early as out of nursing school.
“Home health care, we call it the Wild Wild West; it’s very different from being in a hospital,” Guillory said.
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As a result, she says she has seen the consequences that occur when home care nurses do not have the appropriate skills or resources to properly treat patients with complicated wounds.
“We talk about bedsores, ulcers, we see a lot of post-surgical wounds,” Guillory explained.
Guillory therefore found a way to ensure that nurses were better equipped and that patients received the appropriate care.
In the summer of 2021, Guillory launched his company called “Divine Healthcare Consultants”. They specialize in virtual wound care counseling. She partnered with care pics to create an app that provides virtual wound care services to both nurse and patient. She also works in partnership with home health care and palliative care agencies to put certified wound care specialists in the hands of home health care workers.
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“They can use that to capture the image of the wound and send it to our certified wound specialist, and we can come up with a treatment plan for that patient’s wound,” Guillory said.
They are able to monitor the progress and healing of the wound through updated images, allowing them to decide if the current treatment plan is working or if they need to change course.
“He also measures injuries, and if they need to schedule a virtual visit they can and that’s just if the wound is getting worse if they need a little more one-on-one teaching,” said Guillory.
She says making sure people’s wounds heal properly takes the strain off emergency rooms and hospitals.
“If we have a patient who has an injury at home and if we can prevent that patient from going to the emergency room, then we reduce the hospitalization rate.” She explained.
Guillory tells FOX 26 that she doesn’t know of any other service like hers that specializes in wound care, and as a black woman, she’s proud to be one of the first to blaze this trail.
“You have to be twice as tough, twice as ambitious just to be able to pull it off. Twice as resourceful just to show you’re capable of getting a seat at the table, but it’s just more motivation to keep going. to push.” said Guillory.
Guillory says she is also looking to hire new wound care specialists. If you want to know more about job opportunities or his wound care consulting services, click here https://divinehealthcarellc.com/