A wound is a break in the skin or tissues that may be caused by an accident, injury, surgery, disease or several other factors, and often involves bleeding, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness and other symptoms. They may occur nearly anywhere on the body. While many wounds can be treated at home by simply cleaning and bandaging the wound, more severe wounds may require professional care.
Many patients with skin ulcers, burns and other types of wounds face difficulty with the healing process for these troubling wounds, especially if the patient is diabetic. There are several different treatment options available for wounds resistant to conventional therapies. Some of these may include creams, ointments, synthetic skin grafts and other therapies that promote natural healing within the skin to avoid wound complications.
We are proud to offer patients many advanced solutions to their wound healing problems. It is important for wounds to remain clean and free of debris and bacteria in order to properly heal and prevent infection, so proper dressings that are changed on a regular basis are essential. We provide wound care treatment that is conducive to healing and helps lead toward a quick and efficient recovery, while keeping cosmetic concerns in mind as well.
Your doctor will determine which type of wound care is best for you after an initial evaluation of your wound size, location and severity.
Diabetic Wound Management
People with diabetes are at high risk for developing problems with their feet. Ulcers and other wounds commonly form on the bottom of the foot and can easily become infected or lead to other serious complications. Ulcers may develop as a result of poor circulation, lack of feeling in the feet, irritation or trauma.
Once a wound has been detected, it should be treated immediately in order to prevent complications from developing. Diabetic wound treatment focuses on relieving pressure from the area and removing dead skin cells and tissue through a process called debridement. The wound is then medicated and dressed to prevent infection and promote healing. For more severe wounds, patients may be required to wear special footwear or a brace to relieve pressure and irritation to the wound.
Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
We are so proud to offer HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY for our residents with wound care issues. For those wounds that seem especially resistant to traditional methods of care HBOT offers an alternative treatment for healing and recovery. The introduction of oxygen under pressure offers therapeutic benefits. Healing is accelerated due to increased blood flow, inflammation of tissue is reduced, oxygen is delivered to the compromised tissue more effectively, rapid regeneration of cell growth occurs, helps to eliminate toxins, and improves infection control.
We customize the treatment plans for each individual resident. Our program utilizes a team approach to optimize the best plan of action for that resident.
See Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for more information.
Debridement removes dead tissue from ulcers, burns and other wounds to promote the healing process and reduce the risk of infection. When dead tissue on a wound is exposed to air, it forms a hard crust called an eschar that can hinder healing and lead to bacteria, infection and abscesses. While debridement seems beneficial to the healing process, not all wounds need this procedure.
To learn more about our Wound Care Services, please contact us today at 516.431.2600.