If you’re suffering from a chronic or non-healing wound, you are not alone.
These wounds or sores are those which have not gotten better during the course of conventional treatment. There are many causes for chronic non-healing wounds including those due to a lack of proper blood supply, trauma, tears, cuts or punctures and other stresses with potential for infection and widespread damage to surrounding tissues. Every year, chronic wounds affect millions of people in the United States. These wounds can lead to severe health risks and life-altering situations such as amputation and other debilitating health problems.
The Wound Care Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital can help. The Center focuses exclusively on the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds. Our team of doctors, nurses and other professionals are specifically trained for treating wounds including those that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment. The objective is to treat not only the wound but to also address the underlying issue that is causing the wound.
If you are suffering from a non-healing wound that hasn’t improved with conservative treatment the Wound Care Center is available to help you. The program benefits those who experience wounds and ulcers due to a variety of conditions including:
• Vascular Disease – inadequate blood flow by arteries which deliver oxygen-rich blood to the body
• Venous Disease - caused by defective valves which causes a back-up of blood in the veins of the legs
• Diabetes which can cause vascular disorders and nerve sensation disorders especially of the feet
• Structural disorders of the feet causing excessive pressure on the bony areas of the feet
• Lack of mobility and bed sores caused by pressure and shearing or tearing forces
• Post-operative / surgical wounds
• Infections and tissue necrosis
• Burns – chemical, radiation and fire Team Approach Promotes Healing
The Center emphasizes a team approach to develop individualized patient care plans. The Wound Care Team examines and reexamines patient progress over the course of treatment. The clinicians evaluate wound healing progress weekly and communicate the results to you and your primary care physician.
As your primary care physician is part of your health care team, you will continue to schedule appointments with your physician who will monitor your overall health and prescribe related therapies.
The Wound Care Center has a successful history of helping patients and the rate of healing exceeds the benchmark in the industry.
Remember, you are part of the team and much of the success of your treatment depends on your participation. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and monitor your progress between visits.
The Wound Care Center uses a wide variety of treatments to provide you the best options available. You will work with the staff to develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your treatment plan will include regular visits to the Wound Care Center to provide treatments and to evaluate your progress so that changes to the treatment plan can be made. Treatments Available:
• Antibiotic Therapy – Medications used to address bacterial contamination of the wound
• Activity Plan – Physical activity promotes improved health by improving muscle mass, improving blood flow which positively impacts the healing of a wound and reducing pressure due to immobility
• Compression Therapy – The application of pressure dressings and wraps may reduce swelling of tissues and may promote proper venous blood drainage and arterial blood supply
• Debridement – this is the process of removing dead tissue from the wound bed in order to stimulate the wound bed and promote healing
• Diabetes Management – By working in collaboration with your doctor, the program can help to determine the best plan of action to control the impact diabetes has on your wounds, especially of the feet (diabetes affects small blood vessels and pain sensation due to the impact on nerves)
• Advanced Care Dressings – Specialty dressings, with and without advanced medication impregnation, are applied to absorb fluids or provide hydration and reduce bacterial contamination of the wound
• Education – The Wound Care Staff will provide information regarding ambulation and exercise, diet and nutrition, and self care
• Offloading – Reduction of pressure from bony area of the body and other areas creating pressure is important to address the underlying disorder of the wound itself
• Skin Grafts and Bioengineered Skin Substitutes – The physician staff can take a patient into the operating room for an autologous (graft is from the patient’s own skin) or in the Wound Care Center using a skin substitute product
• Wound Vaccum – “Wound Vac” – This treatment has proven to be very effective to reduce the and remove unnecessary fluid and bacteria from around your wound
• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – "HBOT” – This is a therapy that is available in the Wound Care Center. It is designed to deliver increased concentrations of oxygen directly to the wound site – oxygen rich blood is a necessary component to effective healing.
For more information or to make an appointment, call Swedish Covenant Hospital's Wound Care Center at 773-989-6202, or email us at woundcarecenter@SwedishCovenant.org.
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