Our Wound Treatment Centers stand at the forefront of providing our patients
with the most extensive treatment options and advanced technology available
when it comes to promoting the healing process of wounds. Wounds, particular
non-healing wounds, can be a serious complication for patients with diabetes,
circulatory problems, and other diseases. Our multidisciplinary team of
specialists includes physicians, podiatrists, vascular surgeons, infection
disease specialists and plastic surgeons, as well as nurses who are knowledgeable
and experienced in advanced wound care. Our unique teams of caring wound
specialists will tailor a plan of care especially for you.
We focus on the underlying conditions responsible for the delayed healing
process and provide you with the most current, comprehensive and compassionate
wound care possible to expedite the healing process and avoid amputation.
We also utilize the latest, most effective treatment options including
Human Skin equivalents, growth factors, hydropolymers, surgical debridement,
ultrasonic debridement, whirlpool therapy, negative pressure wound therapy,
and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The outcomes of our Wound Treatment Centers
have consistently shown that with proper treatment and specialized care,
we can improve quality of life and heal most chronic wounds.
The process seems simple enough, but wound healing is actually quite complicated
and involves a long series of chemical signals. Certain factors can slow
or prevent healing entirely. One of the most dramatic factors is reduced
or inadequate blood supply to the wound. The oxygen and nutrients that
new blood carries to the wound are essential to successful healing. A
wound that is not getting enough blood could take at least twice as long
to heal, if it heals at all. By some estimates, as many as 6.5 million
people in the United States suffer with wounds that are not healing well.
These are called chronic wounds, which are more common in people with
diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or other vascular disease. If
you have a wound that is not healing in a reasonable time frame, make
an appointment with your health care provider. If your injury seems to
be getting worse or appears infected—that is, if it is more swollen,
hot to the touch, painful, or oozing pus—see a doctor immediately.
Wound Care for Diabetics
People with diabetes suffer from a variety of symptoms and complications.
Skin infections are one of them. Because of poor blood circulation, wounds
of all kinds—including minor scrapes, cuts, and burns—heal
slowly and can become easily infected. In addition, high blood glucose
leads to high levels of sugar in body tissues, causing bacteria to grow
and infections to develop more quickly. Also, because of nerve damage
in hands and feet, a person with diabetes may not notice a cut or break
in the skin until after it becomes infected. Any time you have a cut or
scrape with any of these signs of infection, call your doctor immediately:
- Red and swollen skin around a wound
- Drainage or a foul odor
- Warm skin around the wound
- Fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahreinheit (38 degrees Celsius)
- Sweating or chills
Infections can affect blood sugar control and can quickly lead to serious
complications. If you have diabetes, thoroughly check your hands and feet
for cracks, cuts, or any other injuries every day. If you care for someone
with diabetes, regularly check the person for skin breaks. Immediately
clean and bandage, and seek appropriate care for any injuries.