Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland Soon to Roll Out Bigs in Blue


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Bigs in Blue

An experienced nurse practitioner, Seana Rutherford works in family practice at Premier Physicians, a clinic based in Fairview Park, Ohio. Outside of her work life, Seana Rutherford supports local nonprofit groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland offers a number of community programs aimed at raising the quality of life of local children through mentorship. One such program is Bigs in Blue, which pairs members of local law enforcement with area youth to help build better relationships between the police and the community, as well as educate law enforcement about the issues that these youth face on a daily basis.

Part of a broader initiative by Big Sisters Big Brothers of America (BBBSA), the program will soon roll out in the Cleveland area. BBBSA’s president and the former mayor of Tampa, Florida, Pam Iorio explains the significance of the program, saying that she saw how important police mentorship can be when observing similar efforts in the Tampa area. Bigs in Blue aims to serve as the first nationwide program to emulate that model.


At-Home and Professional Treatment of Open Wounds

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Open Wounds

In 2012, Seana Rutherford received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Akron and went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing from Ursuline College in 2015. Since then, she has served as a certified nurse practitioner at Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio. In addition to general primary and preventative care, Seana Rutherford is a certified wound specialist experienced in providing wound care.

Most people will probably experience an open wound at least once during their lifetimes. Open wounds can range from superficial abrasions, which are minor scrapes to the top layer of the skin, to the most severe avulsions, which involve chunks of skin and tissue being torn away from the body. Incisions, punctures, and lacerations also fall within the two extremes and may generally be distinguished by the shape, depth, and cause of the wound.

Abrasions and minor wounds can usually be treated without consulting a professional. After washing and disinfecting the wound, pressure and elevation should be used to help control bleeding. If necessary, the wound should be wrapped in a sterile bandage and kept dry.

Other wounds may require more professional treatment. A specialist should be consulted if the wound is more than half an inch deep, if the wound bleeds for more than 20 minutes or the bleeding does not stop when pressure is applied, or if the wound results from a severe accident. A specialist should also be consulted if the wound shows signs of infection, such as thick pus, a foul odor, or increased drainage.

Wound care specialists can provide focused treatment to help heal wounds and prevent infection. Through debridement, specialists remove necrotic tissue, promoting the creation of healthy tissue and reducing the risk of infection. Additional care for nonhealing wounds may include hyperbaric oxygen treatments, specialized dressings, topical agents, and medicine to facilitate the healing process.

Strategies for Preventing High Blood Pressure


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High Blood Pressure

As a certified nurse practitioner, Seana Rutherford provides diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of health conditions. Seana Rutherford also offers preventive care and strives to reduce patients’ likelihood of developing serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can put a patient at risk of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Reducing one’s risk requires paying careful attention to key elements of one’s lifestyle, including diet and exercise. Eating foods high in potassium can help to keep blood pressure controlled, as can adding foods with other benefits, such as garlic, fish, and calcium.

Experts also recommend that patients limit their intake of salt, sugar, and excess calories. Living above a healthy weight can increase an individual’s risk of hypertension by 200 to 600 percent. Fortunately, weight loss of as little as 10 pounds may help to reduce that risk.

Exercise plays a key role in maintaining a healthy weight, while also helping to control blood pressure in its own right. For those who are physically very active, their risk of high blood pressure is 20 to 50 percent lower than that of more sedentary individuals. Patients do not need to launch into an intensive workout routine right away, but half-hour workout sessions three times each week can be a positive start.

Certification through the American Board of Wound Management

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American Board of Wound Management


An experienced nurse practitioner, Seana Rutherford focuses in family practice at Premier Physicians, a clinic based in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Along with her nursing degrees from Ursuline College and the University of Akron, Seana Rutherford holds certification as a wound specialist from the American Board of Wound Management.

Certifying as a wound specialist benefits both the healthcare professional and his or her patients. On the nurse practitioner (NP) side, the designation elevates medical careers and it helps individuals stand out as having extra experience and knowledge. For patients, especially those with chronic wounds, being in the care of a wound specialist can notably enhance their daily living.

Applicants, including nurses, physicians, therapists, and technicians, must obtain a minimum three years of experience before becoming eligible for the certification exam with the American Board of Wound Management. Successful candidates demonstrate proficiency in diagnosing, cleaning, and treating wounds, and they must renew every 10 years.

Wounds related to radiation and pressure, as well as vascular and diabetic ulcers, are commonly treated by a certified specialist. Patients typically reach out to such healthcare professionals when a particular wound remains unhealed after roughly four weeks of therapy with a non-specialist.