Wound care is a medical specialty that focuses on caring for wounds that won’t heal. Typically, a team of health care providers will work with you. This usually includes physical therapists, nurses, and doctors.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican emergency room doctors are experts in wound care in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. If you need to go to the ER, use our online waiting service, InQuicker, to choose your estimated arrival time before you leave home.
Wound Care Guidelines
Some wound care treatments can be used on a continuous basis at home, such as compression. Others, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, need to take place at a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican wound care center.
Your wound care team is available to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. However, you should seek prompt medical care for the following:
- Worsening pain
- Pus, redness, or swelling
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Open Wound Treatment
First aid is usually the first step in treating major wounds. This includes:
- Stop any bleeding
- Clean the wound
- Close the wound if possible
Non-healing wounds usually need a different approach. There are a variety of wound care procedures and treatments, including:
- Compression improves blood flow and promotes healing. Compression socks are an example.
- Artificial skin covers the wound while it heals and acts like skin.
- Ultrasound uses sound waves to promote healing.
- Growth factor therapy stimulates healing and cell growth.
- Debridement allows healthy tissue to begin healing by removing dead tissue. Dressings help prevent infection and protect the tissue.
- Negative pressure therapy creates a vacuum over the wound with a special dressing to promote healing. This removes excess fluid and increases blood flow.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry to the wound to speed healing.
Types of Wounds Treated at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican
In some cases, serious wounds can be resistant to the healing process and can take weeks or months to heal. Some wounds may never completely heal. Wound care typically treats non-healing wounds, such as foot ulcers, sores from radiation exposure, and pressure sores. Other possible types of wounds needing wound care include:
- Lacerations or cuts
- Trauma wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Venous stasis ulcers, ankle or leg wounds caused by poorly functioning veins
- Infected skin ulcers
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides advanced wound care in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, as part of our emergency services.