KCHS Wound CareProviding The Best Chance At Healing
KCHS Wound Care Overview
We’re dedicated to healing wounds, preventing lower limb loss, and optimizing outcomes for our patients. If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, we encourage you to visit our wound center for an evaluation.
A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems, or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma, or infection. Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.
Diabetes and Foot Health
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and complications of diabetes, like neuropathy and peripheral vascular diseases, make feet vulnerable to ulcers that can lead to infection and even amputation. One in four people with diabetes will develop a foot problem that requires treatment. If you have diabetes, taking care of your feet is taking care of your health. Early intervention and proper treatment from a wound center can help prevent further complications and reduce the risk of amputation.
Types of Wounds Treated
As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing, surgical wounds
- Arterial/ischemic ulcers
- Post-radiation injury to tissue or bone
- Traumatic wounds
- Infected wounds
- Crush injuries
- Compromised flaps or grafts
What is a Comprehensive Wound Healing Center?
The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at KCHS Wound Care provides care to those suffering from non-healing wounds in a way no other provider can – all in one location. A comprehensive Wound Healing Center is a coordinated outpatient center that utilizes the latest techniques and procedures to provide the best chance of healing.
Our Multidisciplinary Wound Care Specialists
KCHS Wound Care is staffed with a multidisciplinary team who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.
As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a proven track record of healing wounds – even those that have not responded to other treatments.
Non-healing wounds require a specialized approach to care for better outcomes. Critical to success is a committed multi-disciplinary team. At KCHS Wound Care we have the expertise needed to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
|Kenda Ekdahl, BSN, RN, WOCN, CWCN
Clinical Coordinator, Wound Care
| Sally Farquhar, APRN
Wound Care Specialist
Wound Care Treatment Plans
Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.
Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:
- Infection control
- Restoration of blood flow
- Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
- Skin substitutes
- Compression therapy
- Foot reconstruction
- Skin graft or flap
What Can Our Wound Care Patients Expect?
Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.
Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:
- Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
- Take medications as directed
- Return for your follow-up appointments
- Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment
Following your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 308.832.6535 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our providers or treatment plans. We’re happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound care treatment process.
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