Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment Program
Wound Care Program at Manatee Memorial Offers Relief from Chronic Wounds
The healing process may be long and frustrating for chronic wound sufferers. The Wound Care Program at Manatee Memorial Hospital uses advanced approaches to aid the healing process of chronic wounds that don’t heal through conventional methods.
There are many different types of chronic wounds. Some non-healing wounds are associated with complications from diabetes or other vascular-related disorders such as inadequate blood circulation and poorly functioning veins. Up to 15 percent of the estimated 17 million Americans with diabetes may suffer from chronic wounds, most commonly non-healing foot sores, which can lead to amputation.
Pressures (bedsores), insect bites, immobility or trauma can also cause non-healing wounds.
Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a chronic wound.
Medically advanced treatments at the Wound Care Program include debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education. The program combines care from many areas including:
- Infectious-disease management
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Laboratory evaluation
- Nutritional management
- Pain management
- Diabetic education
- Radiology testing
- Removal of dead tissue
A Team of Wound Care Specialists
The Wound Care Program is designed to complement the physician’s services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The program is made up of a team of professionals, including:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non invasive studies and various therapies
- An experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
- A personalized wound treatment program
What To Expect From The First Appointment
Patients must make an appointment and are typically referred by their primary care physician. At the appointment, physicians identify the wound and the health status of the patient to determine what treatment is necessary to heal the chronic wound.
A customized treatment plan is developed for the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities that may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
After a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the hospital on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to manage your wounds at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are an important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.