Wound Care Clinic
Wounds that Require Highly Specialized Care
There are almost 6 million Americans who suffer from problem wounds at any given time. Some wounds are associated with complications from diabetes and others could be related vascular disorders, including pressure sores or traumatic wounds. No matter what type of wound you are struggling with, the wound care clinic can help reduce the time it takes problem wounds to heal by using the most up-to-date approaches and scientific advances available.
What is Considered a Wound?
Typically, a wound that does not respond to standard medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound. The variety and complexity of non-healing, chronic wounds presents a particular challenge. These wounds often require intervention by a specialized team of experts.
Types of Chronic Wounds
There are many types of chronic wounds and the most common types of problem wounds include:
- Diabetic foot and ankle ulcers
- Chronic venous stasis ulcers (leg ulcers)
- Ischemic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Radiation-related tissue damage
- Difficult to heal surgical wounds
Treatment and Therapies
During your initial consultation, the cause of your wound will be determined and a treatment will be discussed with you in detail. The wound care clinic provides a full range of treatments, including:
- Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
- Advanced wound dressings
- Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
- Growth factors technologies
- Vacuum-assisted closure of wounds
- Compression therapy
- Nutritional guidance
- Medical and laboratory test
- Patient, family, professional education
What are the risk factors for non-healing or chronic wounds?
- Poor circulation
- Neuropathy (abnormal sensation)
- Kidney disease
- Certain medications
- Radiation therapy
How soon should I seek help for a non-healing wound?
Talk to your health care provider as soon as you notice a wound that has not healed within a few days, especially if you have any of the risk factors. Early treatment promotes fast healing, minimizes complications and improves patient outcomes.