Wound Care Clinic
Wound healing is a normal process of the body usually completed in a matter of weeks. But sometimes underlying diseases within our systems prevent the healing cycle from completion, thus the wound does not heal properly. Tissues deprived of nutrients and oxygen due to lack of blood flow will die. Some reasons for poor circulation include arterial insufficiency, pressure ulcers, diabetes and venous stasis.
At the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital, we are committed to providing holistic care to patients with wound healing problems. We address the patient's physical, spiritual and nutritional needs as well as local healing options.
Our patients are assessed by an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society certified physician with advanced training in wound management. The patient is then treated by wound care physical therapists, an enterstomal therapist, registered nurse, with years of experience in diabetic teaching, and registered nurses specially trained in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Patient care is determined through a multidisciplinary approach incorporating all areas of expertise. Care is coordinated with the patient's primary care physician and communication is maintained with this doctor throughout the patient's course of treatment. The underlying cause will be treated as well as topical treatment of the wound itself. Wounds are then closely monitored to ensure the proper outcome of care is achieved.
Not only do we treat wounds, we take care of our patients. Diabetic patients are educated in properly maintaining better control of their blood glucose, foot care and diet. Patients needing prosthetic equipment, strengthening, gait training and wound care receive physical rehabilitation from experi-enced, caring therapists. Patients requiring hyperbaric oxygen therapy for crush injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, life-threatening infections, non-healing wounds and ulcers, need not go away for treatment. It is all available at Memorial Hospital.
Inpatients may receive an in-house wound care team consult on request from their primary care physician. The wound care team will formulate the most effective treatment using a multidisciplinary approach.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from painful, problem wounds, contact your primary care physician for a referral. Or, if you would like more information call:
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital at 540-666-7590.