Patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound and underlying problems causing the wound. Next, a program specifically tailored to the patient's needs is initiated based on the most effective treatment options.
Treatment may include:
- Infectious disease management
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nutritional management
- Physical therapy
- Diabetic education
- Vascular evaluation
- Nuclear medicine
- Laboratory evaluation
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, patients visit the Center on a regular basis for wound care. Instruction is given on how to administer wound care at home between visits and how to protect the wound from further complications. Patients are the most important part of the healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions clearly are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Though we want to know who your physicians are, a physician referral is not necessary.
Address a Growing Problem Using Evidence-Based Medicine
There is a tremendous need for wound care treatment. Each year, approximately 6 million Americans will suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions, with as many as 1.8 million new cases.
Consider these statistics:
- 18.2 million Americans (6.3% of the population have diabetes)
- 18.3% of people over age 60 have diabetes
- 15% of those with diabetics will develop chronic wounds
- Patients with diabetes have a 15-fold increase in the risk of amputation
- Approximately 82,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year
There is hope. Studies show that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and the length of hospital stays.