Typically, the body heals its own wounds. The process takes a couple of weeks with minor injuries, longer with more challenging wounds. Sometimes, though, the natural wound healing process doesn’t work as it should.
A wound might be infected, or it may be a repeated injury. Sometimes there is poor blood flow to the injured area or other health conditions such as diabetes that may prevent healing. More challenging wounds take time and extra care to heal properly. These may be crush injuries or various types of ulcers, including diabetic foot ulcers or ulcers caused by delayed effects of radiation. They could even be complicated post-surgical wounds. Sometimes wounds won’t heal and you don’t know why. That’s where specialized wound care can help.
The McKay-Dee Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center plays a crucial role. The skilled and experienced staff at the Center includes a board-certified doctor, certified wound care nurses, ostomy nurses and hyperbaric technologists.
When you visit our Center, a wound care specialist gives a thorough examination to determine the factors hindering the body’s natural healing process. After this examination, a team of specialists will develop a care plan tailored to your specific needs. The plan will include one or more of the following items, depending on needs:
- A physical examination of the wound
- A complete medical history
- A nutrition analysis
- Vascular evaluation to measure oxygen and blood flow to the wound
- Infection control
- Topical treatment and dressings
- Compression therapy
- Surgical intervention and plastic surgery
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Education about diet, lifestyle and wound care measures patients can take at home to treat their wounds and prevent future wounds