Approximately five million Americans suffer from chronic open wounds and sores which can become seriously infected, gangrenous and may eventually require amputation of a limb. For the majority of patients, the comprehensive services of Memorial WoundCaresm can produce complete healing. Our state-of-the-art WoundCare unit features spacious chambers and updated treatment rooms.
Our WoundCare Team
Wound care specialists use techniques such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapy, specialized dressings, compression dressings, minor debridements and total contact casting for the treatment of wounds that are acute or chronic and slow to heal. Our caring and capable staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for hyperbaric emergencies. Even though physician referral is preferred, it is not required.
Risk Groups & Symptoms
Many factors can influence a wound to become chronic, or slow to heal, but there are certain groups of people with a higher probability of infection.
People with circulation problems are particularly at risk because they lack the blood flow to a wound, which is needed to help it heal.
Seniors and diabetics with circulation problems are at even greater risk.
Unfortunately, many patients put off seeking treatment and suffer longer than necessary. Wounds, skin disorders and skin diseases should never be taken lightly. These conditions mean the skin's ability to act as a protective barrier has weakened. This creates a risk of foreign bodies entering the bloodstream and spreading infection.
Symptoms that may indicate an infection include:
- Heat around the wound
- Pain and throbbing
- Swollen area around the wound
- Pus, drainage and/or a bad odor
- Redness around the wound