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 specialists in Florida
A severe or chronic wound can significantly impact your quality of life — from causing you pain to limiting your activities.
That’s why HCA Florida Healthcare has experienced staff standing by at our wound care centers across the state. Our wound care centers bring together specialists from different medical disciplines, including wound care, vascular care and infectious disease management. This type of multispecialty team allows us to provide comprehensive wound treatment, regardless of your condition.
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Understanding the wound healing process
A normal, healing wound typically follows three stages of healing:
- Phase one — This is when special cells gather to form a seal around damaged blood vessels and nerves while other cells start cleaning the wound.
- Phase two — Growth factors, which are found in the proteins of certain types of blood cells, stimulate the formation of new connective tissue to promote wound healing.
- Phase three — In the final steps of healing, collagen forms and provides the structure and strength the body needs to create a new outer layer of skin.
Factors that prevent wound healing
- Certain conditions, such as diabetes and vascular disorders
- Insufficient blood supply
- Insufficient flow of oxygen
- Medical treatments, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and steroid medications
Prevention of chronic wounds
We are passionate about preventive care. To reduce the chances of your wound developing into a chronic wound, keep the following precautions in mind:
- Visit your healthcare provider promptly if you have an injury. Even minor conditions, such as skin tears, can develop into chronic wounds.
- Notify your provider if your wound is not healing after one month of treatment.
- Keep pressure off the wounded area.
- If you have diabetes, focus on controlling your blood glucose level through diet, exercise and any prescribed medication. Abnormal glucose levels can interrupt the healing process.
- If you have diabetes or vascular disease, practice proper foot care and always wear properly fitting shoes.
Our treatments and services
We offer a variety of wound care services that we customize to meet your needs.
Wound treatments we offer
The type of wound treatment that is right for you will depend on the type of wound you have, as well as if any underlying conditions are preventing healing.
Our wound care doctors will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your wound. From there, they will create a personalized wound healing plan, which may include one or more of the following techniques:
- Alleviation of weight-bearing wounds — Using special casts or boots on the foot, we can relieve pressure to treat foot ulcers.
- Antibiotics — These medications may be used to prevent infection and may be administered for four to six weeks.
- Blood sugar control — Adjustments in diet or medications can be made to achieve optimal blood sugar control, as high blood sugar weakens the immune system.
- Debridement — This involves the removal of dead tissue around the wound, which cleans the wound and promotes healing.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) — Also called hyperbaric medicine, this specialized therapy involves breathing in pure oxygen while inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. The increase in oxygen in the blood promotes healing at the wound site.
- Skin grafts — Various types of skin grafts may be used to speed up the healing of wounds.
- Specialty wound dressings — Medicines and dressings are used to encourage wounds to close and heal.
- Surgery — Surgical procedures may be necessary to improve blood flow, which helps heal the wound and prevent amputations or other complications.
From topical ointments and skin grafts to plastic and reconstructive surgery, we deliver advanced care to help you heal and minimize scarring.
Our wound care teams
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management
- Nurses trained in chronic wound care
- Technologists trained in all aspects of wound healing
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Specialists in vascular care, orthopedic care, infectious disease management, nutritional management, pain management and diabetic education