Wound Care: Best Way to Care for Wounds

Best Way to Care for Wounds

What is the best way to care for a wound?

With proper care, minor cuts and scrapes heal easily at home. Proper care includes cleaning the wound, stopping and controlling any bleeding, applying an antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection, and covering and changing the bandage on the wound to keep it clean.

Some wounds, however, require more specialized care. You should seek medical help for a wound that does not stop bleeding, cuts that are long or deep, cuts to the eye or face, cuts from animal bites, wounds causing severe pain, deep puncture wounds, cuts that may have damaged joints, nerves, or tendons, and any wound that does not heal.

A wound that does not heal or is slow to heal is a chronic wound. These wounds require even more specialized treatment and care.

What Is Specialized Wound Care?

The goal of specialized wound care is to treat, manage, and heal chronic wounds through an integrated treatment approach combining expert medical care and technology. The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center is the only facility in the North Country that offers specialized wound care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Certified wound care providers staff the center. These healthcare professionals have been specially trained in the care and treatment of all types of wounds, including chronic wounds.

Chronic wounds are on the rise. It is estimated that more than 6 million people in the United States suffer from chronic wounds. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy fuel this increase. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of an affected limb.

“Most people with chronic wounds don’t receive the care they need for effective healing,” says Ann Morin, director of the Wound Healing Center at Weeks Medical Center. “Our entire wound care team is trained to provide comprehensive treatment and care for all types of wounds—right here at Weeks. Our mission is to heal more wounds and change people’s lives for the better.”

How Are Wounds Treated?

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The Wound Healing Center treats all types of wounds. The type of treatment will be determined by a person’s age, health, medical history, and the nature of the wound. The causes of a chronic wound will be identified to determine the best healing method and to prevent the wound from recurring.
 Wounds may be treated with advanced dressing and compression wraps, bio-engineered tissue substitutes, debridement, negative pressure wound therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most advanced treatments for non-healing wounds. In a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen, and your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. The combination of advanced therapies and comprehensive treatment has proven effective in the successful treatment of both chronic and accute wounds.

To schedule an appointment, please call 603-788-5625.