WOUND/OSTOMY CARE PROGRAM

Wound Vac Therapy

Negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) or Wound Vac Therapy is a therapeutic technique using a vacuum dressing to promote healing in acute or chronic wounds and enhance healing of second and third degree burns. The therapy involves the controlled application of sub-atmospheric pressure to the local wound environment, using a sealed wound dressing connected to a vacuum pump. The use of this technique in wound management increased dramatically over the 1990s and 2000s and a large number of studies have been published examining NPWT. NPWT appears to be useful for diabetic ulcers and management of the open abdomen (laparotomy) but further research is required for other wound types.

Post Ostomy & Surgical Therapy

During the recovery in the hospital and at home, a person will learn to care for the ostomy. The type of care required depends on the type of ostomy surgery. A WOC nurse or an enterostomal therapist will teach a person about special care after ostomy surgery.

Diabetic Wound Management

The management of diabetic foot ulcers requires offloading the wound by using appropriate therapeutic footwear,  daily saline or similar dressings to provide a moist wound environment, debridement when necessary, antibiotic therapy if osteomyelitis or cellulitis is present, optimal control of blood glucose, and evaluation and correction of peripheral arterial insufficiency.

Wound Evaluation, Monitoring & Treatment

All patients with wounds will have their wounds appropriately assessed by a nursing staff member promptly with timely referrals to our Wound Ostomy Certified nurses who specializes in this area when appropriate.

Advanced, Aggressive Options and Treatment

Successful treatment of difficult to heal wounds requires the expertise of medical staff who specialize in this challenge. Our Wound Ostomy Certified nurse works closely with your physician to develop the best treatment options based on the whole situation the patient is experiencing.

Coordination & Facilitator for DME and Supplies

All patients requiring DME will be assessed for needs based on regulatory guidelines. When justified, the clinical supervisor will process the DME/supply order for delivery.