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assessment and treatment

The Wound Program's care team extensively assesses your wound and overall health, looking thoroughly at issues that may have caused the wound or that may affect wound healing. An individualized treatment plan is then developed to stimulate healthy tissue growth. Our wound nurses support and educate patients and caregivers to continue wound care at home. 

In addition, the team may provide resources for lifestyle adjustments to help with wound healing.  Throughout the process, with your permission, we'll keep your primary doctor informed of your wound treatment program and your progress. Patients continue seeing their primary doctor for all other health care needs.

What types of wounds can be treated?

Types of wounds treated by the Wound Care Center include:

  • Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • Wounds from poor circulation (arterial or venous wounds)                                              
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Non-healing surgical sites
  • Infected wounds
  • Other chronic, poorly healing wounds

What types of treatments can I receive?

Your treatment plan will be customized to your unique situation. Examples of some of the treatments provided include:

  • Negative pressure therapy such as Wound V.A.C.© Therapy (the application of pressure to a wound using a therapy unit to continuously convey negative pressure to a wound dressing helping promote wound healing)
  • Compression wrapping for swelling or circulation problems
  • Debridement (gentle removal of unhealthy tissue in the wound)
  • Use of advanced dressings
  • Modalities (i.e. ultrasound, pulsed lavage for cleansing)
  • Total contact casting (for reducing pressure on foot wounds)

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