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Wound Care

Baylor Scott & White Health Wound Care Services focus on the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic wounds using advanced technologies, as well as traditional medical and surgical therapies. Research has shown that in addition to promoting wound healing, comprehensive wound care programs can reduce the risk of infection or other complications.

 

Specialized services include:

  • Wound care and debridement (as indicated)
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Doppler evaluation
  • Compression wraps
  • Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring
  • Negative pressure wound therapy (Wound VAC)
  • Total contact casting for some diabetic foot ulcers
  • Application of cellular tissue products (CTPs)/biologic skin substitutes
  • Enterostomal therapy (colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, and fistulas)

 

Indications for Specialized Wound Care
Chronic wounds, regardless of the source, are wounds that have not healed 50 percent with four weeks of normal care and should be considered for referral to a specialized wound care program.

 

Acute wounds, such as traumatic injuries, cuts, scrapes and surgical incisions (particularly in large abdominal surgeries), as well as pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, radiation wounds, abdominal stomas, and other hard-to-heal wounds also may benefit from specialized wound care modalities.

 

Chronic, non-healing wounds often present with conditions such as:

 

  • Anemia
  • Bowel disorders
  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Circulation or clotting disorders (often due to arteriosclerosis)
  • Kidney failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Malnourishment
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Inflammatory disease (e.g., lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis)  

 

Observation and patient complaints for which wound care may be indicated include:

  • persistent, increased pain in the area of the wound;
  • discoloration near the edges of the wound (often a dark or bluish color);
  • Increased drainage from the wound;
  • Redness or swelling around or spreading away from the wound;
  • foul odor coming from the wound.

 

To refer a patient for wound evaluation and treatment at one of eight North Texas locations, call 1.800.9BAYLOR.



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