Innovative, Customized Wound Care
Non-healing wounds keep millions of Americans from enjoying life to its fullest. These wounds occur most often with people who have diabetes, poor blood circulation, or other conditions. Franciscan Health’s wound care team work with area physicians to treat a variety of wounds including:
- Chronic wounds (wounds that do not heal quickly);
- Diabetic ulcers
- Stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds and dehiscence
- Burns and trauma
- Skin disorders
Advanced wound care services
Specialized wound care services can help people who suffer from wounds that won’t heal, including chronic, acute, traumatic or non-healing wounds. Our successful wound management program and comprehensive approach includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound care management
- Nurses trained in wound care
- Lymphedema management
- Referrals to physical therapy if needed
- Acute wound management
- Ostomy care
- Varicose vein assessments
- Diabetic foot assessments
- Nutritional assessment and education by a registered dietitian
- Diabetes self-management education by certified diabetes educators, registered nurses and registered dietitians
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Our wound care team strives to prevent prolonged or permanent disability, reduce hospitalization time and improve your quality of life.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of several advanced wound care treatments offered at Franciscan Health.
Franciscan Health is dedicated to providing successful treatment and hope to those facing limb loss due to chronic disease. Our multidisciplinary approach to limb preservation offers the best chance for success.
Neurosensory testing is an innovative, non-invasive tool Franciscan Health physicians use to measure neuropathy. Neuropathy is a serious side effect of diabetes and early diagnosis makes a huge impact in care options.
Patients suffering from venous diseases or insufficiencies can develop a range of related problems. Franciscan Health offers a full spectrum of vein care to help with short-term or long-term vein conditions.
A customized wound care treatment plan
Every patient is different. So, too, are the nature of their wounds and the reasons they don’t heal on their own. At Franciscan Health, you will be under the care of a multidisciplinary team who will design a program based on your specific needs.
Wound specialists work with you and your doctor - as well as with cardiologists, endocrinologists, podiatrists, infectious disease specialists, vascular surgeons and plastic surgeons - not only to treat your wounds, but also to uncover the underlying cause of their chronic nature. This extra step is critical in making the right treatment decision, so your body will be better prepared to heal naturally on its own in the future.
Certified wound care nurses will work with you to achieve your individual goals. The wound care team also will work closely with your family, as appropriate, to educate them on the treatment options and to better help in your recovery.
Your customized wound healing program will include regular visits for treatment, to check your progress and to make any adjustments necessary to your healing plan. We’ll give you (and your caregiver) instructions for care at home. Our goal is to achieve would healing and prevent reoccurrence of wounds in a timely and cost-effective manner.
The treatment plan is individualized for each patient and includes the following elements that are critical to wound healing and prevention:
- Comprehensive wound specific assessment
- Diagnostic testing
- Vascular assessment
- Nutritional assessment
- Infection control
- Wound debridement
- Edema control
- Pressure relief
- Advanced topical wound therapies
- Patient, caregiver and community education
You know your body best, and we want you to be completely aware of all that is going on. Be sure to keep your appointments, follow directions carefully, and watch your progress closely between visits. Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We encourage you and your family to ask questions.