Wound care involves medical intervention to heal a wound after injury. Specialized treatment is provided for wounds that are non-healing or refuse to heal on their own. To promote healing, learning how to properly dress and care for wounds is vital.
Wound care center in Charlotte County, Florida
For some people, wounds heal easily and naturally. For other people, wounds can become chronic, causing discomfort and disrupting daily activities.
That's why we're here to help. Since 1994, the wound care experts at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital have been treating and healing chronic, nonhealing wounds in Port Charlotte, Florida.
At our Wound Management & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to wound management. Our whole team is dedicated to properly healing your wound and educating you on wound management and prevention. Working together, our goal is to restore your quality of life.
Types of wounds and conditions we treat
We treat various types of wounds and conditions, including:
- Arterial ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous insufficiency
- Venous stasis ulcers
Our wound management services
Our team provides evaluations, education, ongoing assessments and comprehensive treatments. Some of our treatments include:
- Application of cellular and tissue-based products
- Compression therapy
- Hyperbaric medicine
- Noninvasive vascular studies
- Specialty wound dressings
- Wound therapy
Please note if you need emergency care for a wound, you may come to our hospital's 24/7 emergency room (ER) for treatment.
High-quality wound management and diagnostics
To help your wound heal, we assess all possible obstacles you may face. Once we identify those obstacles, we develop an individualized care plan to promote complete healing.
Factors that can lead to chronic, nonhealing wounds include:
- Chronic bone infection
- Complication of radiated tissue damage
- Impaired circulation
Determining if any of the above factors are contributing to a chronic wound allows us to effectively treat the underlying problem, as well as the wound itself.
To expedite the wound healing process, we offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT involves breathing 100 percent oxygen in a sealed hyperbaric chamber.
The chamber's oxygen concentration is five times higher than the normal air we breathe, which increases the oxygen saturation in your bloodstream. This increased oxygen in your body promotes healing and tissue growth at the wound site.
Conditions we treat with hyperbaric medicine
HBOT has been proven effective at treating the following conditions:
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Diabetic ulcers
- Soft tissue radionecrosis
Coming to our wound care center
The Wound Management & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is located in the Promenades Shopping Center, close to Harbor Boulevard.
Our address is:
3280 Tamiami Trail, Suite 491
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Your first wound treatment visit
Your first visit will involve obtaining a detailed health and wound history. First appointments usually last two hours.
You will be asked to complete the necessary paperwork, and a photo will be taken of you for your protection at our facility.
Once in the exam room, your nurse will do the following:
- Assess your vital signs
- Review your health history and medications
- Go over expectations of treatment and your role in care
- Measure and photograph the wound
- Prepare the wound for the wound care specialist
Next, your wound care specialist will treat your wound and discuss their treatment recommendations. If necessary, they may recommend additional tests, such as vascular testing, imaging exams or lab work. Then, your nurse will review your care plan and educate you on the instructions for treatment.
Finally, you will receive a card with your wound specialist's information and details about your next appointments. Most of our patients have weekly appointments.
What to bring to your first appointment
Please bring the following to your first appointment:
- Any paperwork from your referring provider
- Insurance card
- List of current medications
- Photo ID
Wound management patient expectations
You play an important role in your wound healing successfully. This means you can contribute to your wound management process by:
- Keeping your appointments
- Following discharge instruction carefully
- Seeing your primary care physician for routine medical care
- Watching your wound's progress closely between visits
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