Wound Care Information
As a referring physician, you are the most important member of your patient's wound care management team, which includes physician specialist, certified or specialty-trained wound care nurses, and health care educators and administrators. Upon referral, your patient meets with our staff for a consultation. Partnering with you, the team develops a treatment plan for your patient. Information about your patient's progress will be provided to you on an ongoing basis.
Comprehensive Treatment Plans
Whether a patient is receiving wound care as an inpatient or at the Outpatient Wound Care Center, we offer a comprehensive approach to wound management by utilizing the latest clinical tools and traditional clinical practices. Your patient's individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, prescription growth factors, safe blood, bio-engineered skin grafting, edema management, and non-invasive vascular assessment.
Who may benefit from our specialized care?
A patient with a wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks may benefit from the proven, best-practice methodologies of our Wound Care Program. This may take place as an inpatient or as an outpatient at the Wound Care Center. Some of the indications that there is a need for wound therapy include:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency
- Traumatic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Peristomal skin irritations
- Other chronic, non-healing wounds
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), may be medically indicated as a treatment option. HBOT helps the body's oxygen supply and enables wound-healing mechanisms to function more efficiently. While enclosed in a chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body's tissues. This treatment modality may be recommended and is best suited as an outpatient. The wound care physicians, who are specialty-trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly-trained clinical hyperbaric technicians and staff will determine if this is part of the treatment plan.
Indications for specialized wound care services that may be reimbursed by your insurance carrier include:
- Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities
- Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Progressive necrotizing infection
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
The Growing Need for Wound Care
Each year, there are 1.1 million to 1.8 million new cases and approximately eight million Americans suffering from chronic wounds. Compelling statistics include:
- 23.6 million Americans - eight percent of the population - have diabetes
- 23.1 percent of people over 60 have diabetes
- 15 percent of all diabetics will develop chronic wounds
- Patients with diabetes have a ten-fold increase in the risk of amputation - approximately 70,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year
- More than two million Americans suffer from venous ulcers
- Acute care pressure ulcer prevalence averages 14 percent
Although these numbers show the tremendous need for wound care, there is hope. Studies have shown that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and shortened hospital stays. Post Acute Medical™, and it's subsidiaries, provide outstanding wound care with stellar wound healing rates.