Monthly Archives: May 2010
We begin with a thorough assessment of the patient’s health and determine what other problems are contributing to the difficulties in healing. We work with the patient’s primary care provider to optimize control of problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, and rheumatological diseases (like scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis). We screen for vascular disease (that is, problems with blood supply to the limbs) and may recommend more in-depth testing if indicated. We typically screen (or review tests done by the patient’s doctor) for anemia, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, thyroid disease, and infections. We are dedicated to treating the wound, as well as the underlying problems associated with it.
Salt Lake Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine incorporates the most effective and very latest technologies to facilitate wound healing. A few of them are:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). The patient breathes 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT is effective in healing the wounds of many patients.
- V.A.C. Therapy is short for Vacuum Assisted Closure. It is a unique and advanced therapy system that applies a vacuum, or negative pressure, to help promote wound healing.
- Electrical Stimulation is a technology that provides neurovascular therapy that improves blood flow and tissue oxygenation.
- Dermagraph and Apligraph
- Electrical Stimulation (Microvas)
Salt Lake Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine treats all types of wounds. Specifically, venous ulcers and diabetic ulcers are the most common problems we see in our center. Pressure ulcers are quite common as well, although many of these patients are seen in the hospital or other long-term care facilities (for example, nursing homes). Each situation requires a different approach for healing; the specific treatment prescribed will depend on the stage and status of the wound. The patient’s general condition and other medical problems are considered, and insurance authorizations also play a part. Our centers are careful to consider any special requests and the referring physician or patient may have when deciding on a course of treatment.
At Salt Lake Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, the referring physician and patient always have the final say. We will do our best to present all of the options and indicate the strengths of each one, even recommending those we think are the best. However, every physician and patient is encouraged to express concerns, questions, fears, etc., and will always be the final decision-makers. There are no repercussions from the staff for choosing or declining what we offer. We want to partner with the physician and patient to address any health concerns.
As a part of a treatment plan for acute and chronic wounds, the resources available at Salt Lake Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will set you on the road to healing through the use of personalized conventional care, in addition to modern techniques.
WHAT IS A PROBLEM WOUND?
Salt Lake Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides care for a broad spectrum of problem wounds; that is, wounds that don’t heal like normal wounds. The term “wound” is used to describe any injury that causes a break in the skin, including injuries, ulcers, surgeries, and more. Some examples of problem wounds are: venous stasis ulcer, pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds, and radiation damage (internal problems that develop in a small percentage of cancer survivors several years after treatment).
Our Specialists are trained in diagnosing and treating all types of problem wounds; we use state-of-the-art equipment and wound dressings specifically tailored for each patient’s needs.