Advanced Wound Care //

Chronic wounds affect a significant amount of the population, causing considerable pain, embarrassment, and loss of function. If a wound has not improved significantly in four weeks or if it has not completed the healing process in eight weeks, it is considered a chronic, non-healing wound.  An estimated 6.5 million chronic wounds occur in the U.S. each year (1).  This estimate is based on the most common types of chronic wounds; diabetic, venous stasis, and pressure ulcers. Diabetic ulcers are the most common cause of foot and leg amputation. There are at least 16 million people with diabetes in the U.S., and approximately 800,000 new cases are diagnosed each year (2). Fifteen percent of all patients with diabetes may be expected to develop foot ulcers during their lifetimes (2). Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.  

Beginning with a thorough evaluation, we individualize each patient’s treatment to deal with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, that might hinder your healing.  Other common underlying conditions include blood vessel disease, anemia, malnutrition, surgery, chemical burns, pressure-related sores, and bacterial infections.  We work hand-in-hand with your primary care physician to manage and treat these conditions and your doctor will receive regular updates on your progress. If you are concerned about a wound on your body, contact MWCHI and we will determine if wound management would be right for you.  

 

Key aspects of Advanced Wound Care:
•    General and vascular surgery
•    Sharp and mechanical debridement
•    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
•    Compression therapy / Edema management
•    Negative Pressure Therapy – Vacuum assisted closure devices
•    Advanced wound dressings
•    Patient and wound assessment                     
•    Topical wound therapy
•    Growth-factor therapy
•    Antibiotic therapy
•    Bio-engineered skin substitutes
•    Skin grafts and Enzymatic flaps
•    Patient and diabetic education
•    Infectious-disease management
•    Laboratory evaluation
•    Nutritional counseling / management
•    Pain management
•    Special needs for pressure relief, including beds, seat cushions and footwear